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The Rwanda Project
The Never Again ‘Rwanda Project’ is a collaborative effort that brought together students from around the world. The team met in Rwanda for the first two weeks of August as part of a project to learn about, remember and draw international attention to the 1994 genocide. We held discussions with organisations, groups and individuals: witnesses to the genocide, perpetrators and those involved in the reconciliation process. We built strong partnerships between the visiting and host participants.

The visiting participants were paired up with host students from the National University of Rwanda. Each pair shared a specific research area. They introduced themselves to one another via email before the trip and began email correspondences in preparation to research together in Rwanda.

The Rwandan hosts shared between them the responsibilities of coordinating the itinerary and interpreting from Kinyirwanda and French into English at our meetings in Rwanda. Each one of the visiting students had their own recording responsibility: Marian wrote the minutes, Zack manned the video, Tamaki took photographs, Poppy recorded audio on to mini disk, and Tashi made cassette recordings as back up. For the visiting students the recording devises had a dual function. As well as carrying out a key objective of the trip - to make tangible records of the genocide and reconciliation process - the recording equipment also provided a buffer between the participants and some of the horror of the stories we heard. Furthermore the recording devises became consistent, explicit reminders of our aims and directed the participants to the task of recording, reinforcing our sense of our aims for the Project

Never Again

Previous events The Genocide Memory and Testimony
Ibuka AVEGA Association for the support of Widows and Orphans of the Genocide
National University of Rwanda The Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport Ministry of Justice and Institutional Relations
Gikondo Prison Gacaca
National Unity and Reconciliation Commission Centre for Conflict Management
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Co-operation National Security