Reconciliation After Genocide: Rwanda Study Trip 2016

Only two decades ago, Rwanda endured a genocide that claimed the lives of 800,000 people – followed by local conflict and more violence. Today, Rwanda is recognized for its reconciliation process. But how does a society regain stability and restart development on a background of neighbors killing each other? This study tour will examine into the history of the genocide, the reconciliation and the present course of Rwandan development.

Rwandan Genocide Memorial Wall. Photo courtesy of Rdi Rwanda Rwiza.


The study trip program includes visits to sites of the genocide, a seminar at the national genocide memorial in Kigali, meetings with Rwandan writers, international diplomats, civil society activists, an excursion to the border of DR Congo with a meeting on the unresolved refugee question, a visit to a special minority the ‘Batwa Pygmies’ and a continuous debate on the fate of Rwanda and its genocide – and much more. A special session, headed by the Polish writer Konstanty Gebert, will reflect on the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide.

The working language of the study trip will be English. Please note that participation in the study trip is not sponsored.