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BBC News Country Profile: Rwanda

BBC News Historical Timeline: Rwanda

Lonely Planet: Rwanda

EveryCulture: Culture of Rwanda

Human Rights Watch: Rwanda 

Amnesty International: Rwanda 

The Guardian UK: Rwanda

Institute of National Museums of Rwanda Website

Rwandan Genocide

Through the Eyes of Children The Rwanda Project: Through the Eyes of Children began as a photographic workshop in 2000, conceived by photographer, David Jiranek, and inspired by the founder of the Imbabazi Orphanage, Rosamond Carr- an American woman living in Rwanda since 1955. Using disposable cameras, the children originally took pictures for themselves and to share with others, exploring their community, and finding beauty as the country struggles to rebuild

Rwanda Commemoration Project-Genocide In Our Time: The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law has developed the Rwanda Commemoration Project to encourage law schools, universities, NGOs, community groups and others to hold events to commemorate the anniversary of this modern-day genocide, and to use it as a lesson, reminder and warning about genocide in our time. To do this, the Center has developed a resource booklet, with programming ideas, substantive issues of discussion, and a resource list. This booklet can be used as the starting point for creating your own day of commemoration. We have also developed a lesson plan for use in high schools to teach about the lessons of genocide, using Rwanda as the primary example. Genocide can happen again; it has happened and will continue to happen unless we stay vigilant and learn and apply the lessons of our recent past.

PBS Website: The Triumph of Evil: The Triumph of Evil is a vivid and revealing report on how the 1994 Rwanda genocide could have been prevented

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Website

Talking about Genocide: Rwanda

Gacaca Film Series: Gacaca (Ga-CHA-cha), which literally means “justice on the grass,” is a form of citizen-based justice which Rwandans decided to put into place in an attempt to deal with the crimes of the 1994 genocide. Filming for over a decade in a tiny rural hamlet, director Anne Aghion has charted the impact this experiment in transitional justice has had on survivors and perpetrators alike.Through their fear and anger, accusations and defenses, blurry truths, inconsolable sadness, and hope for life renewed, she captures the emotional journey to coexistence.

The Kigali Memorial Centre was opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004. The Centre is built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried. These graves are a clear reminder of the cost of ignorance. The Centre is a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide and serves as a place for people to grieve those they lost.

The Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center (IGSC) – Rwanda is a nonprofit organization based in Kigali, Rwanda. IGSC’s mission is to testify, to study genocide through rigorous cross-disciplinary scholarship, and to understand various mechanisms and structures of violence, with the goal of preventing genocide and mass violence.

The Rwanda Documents Project was started by Professor Peter Erlinder of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota as a result of his work as a defense attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The goal of the Project is to collect and make available primary source materials from international and national agencies, governments, and courts that relate to the political and social history of Rwanda from 1990 to the present

Genocide Monument by Koji Setordji: When Ghanaian artist Kofi Setordji saw the television images of a bulldozer shovelling hundreds of bodies into a ditch in Rwanda in 1994, as if they were no more than waste, he decided it was time to do something. He considered it his duty as an artist to show the world what had happened in Rwanda. When it became apparent to him that nobody seemed to remember what had taken place, only four years after the mass murder among the Tutsi population, he took action. Setordji made a travelling monument from wood, metal, clay, waste materials and paint, that consists of a number of sculpture groups and objects. This artwork which weighs more than a ton, depicts the victims, refugees, politicians, judges and eyewitnesses. The directness of the imagery speaks to the conscience of the viewer. Rows of numbered terracotta faces painfully depict the anonymity of the thousands of victims: the monument was created in memory of the more than 800,000 direct and indirect victims of the genocide in Rwanda, lest they be forgotten.

Humura: Canadian Association of Rwandan Genocide Survivors

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