This event is part of a series highlighting themes from “Imagine: Reflections on Peace,” a multimedia exhibit from USIP and the VII Foundation that explores the challenges of peacebuilding through an immersive look at societies that suffered — and survived — violent conflict.

In April 1994, Rwanda descended into a period of horrific violence that saw friends, families and neighbors turn on each other. Over 100 days, more than 800,000 Rwandans were killed, and Rwandan women suffered widespread sexual violence. In that moment of tragedy, grief, anger and destruction, it seemed difficult to imagine the future — much less one where Rwandans would live together again. 

On July 13, USIP held a discussion on the approaches to reconciliation and justice in Rwanda that followed the 1994 genocide, including the Gacaca Courts and community-based and women-led initiatives. Panelists discussed how Rwanda’s experiences are inspiring the imagination and action of those pursuing peace and transitional justice across Africa and beyond.

Continue the conversation on Twitter using #RwandaReconciliationUSIP.

Speakers

Dr. Phil Clark
Professor of International Politics
SOAS University of London

Mr. Mike Jobbins
Vice President, Global Affairs & Partnerships
Search for Common Ground

Dr. Alice Urusaro Karekezi
Professor, Center for Conflict Management
University of Rwanda

Dr. Felix Ndahinda
Honorary Associate Professor, College of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Rwanda

Susan Stigant, moderator 
Director, Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace 

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