The burden of survival
March 30, 2014 9:47 AM   Subscribe

Too horrible to read
posted by growabrain at 11:16 AM on March 30, 2014

Canadians and people around the world may think the country has moved on and “gotten over it.”

Does anyone really believe that a country "gets over" genocide in a couple of decades, or is it more a case of "we (in other countries) are tired of thinking about this?"
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:21 AM on March 30, 2014 [6 favorites]

So much hope for the future with the growth in the country's economy, yet horrific amounts of pain and suffering still going on. The repercussions of the genocide are going to echo on down for generations to come.
posted by arcticseal at 11:23 AM on March 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

"we (in other countries) are tired of thinking about this?"

Anything longer than a Vine, and you're hard pressed to get people to pay attention. Especially if it involves brown people and they aren't dancing for you.
posted by cashman at 11:27 AM on March 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

The repercussions of the genocide are going to echo on down for generations to come.

And, if you see the genocide as arising, at least in part, from the effects of Colonialism and withdrawal, you get an even more depressing sense of a cycle of abuse repeating.

On the other hand, I don't think "poor Africa, endlessly hobbled by the past" is a really helpful attitude, either, and a lot of aid seems rooted in that kind of thinking. I mean, heaven help people who aren't properly grateful for our aid or who fail to develop their economy to match our expectations.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:35 AM on March 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

I would think that Rwanda ranks among the highest of post-conflict countries "doing it right" in terms of reconciliation and reconstruction. I wonder if they will be a model for other countries like Syria, CAR, DRC, et al. or whether there are lots of lessons still to be learned.
posted by sswiller at 11:59 AM on March 30, 2014 [2 favorites]

It's difficult to find, but THE LAST JUST MAN, about Gen. Romeo Dallaire, the commander of the UN peacekeeping force, is a tremendously powerful film.

Incredibly, it seems to be completely unavailable on Netflix or even Youtube.
posted by drjimmy11 at 11:14 PM on March 30, 2014

The things I saw in Rwanda -- the innovation, the startup hubs, the 4G rollout, the political determination to wean the nation off aid -- were remarkable, but it is the deep-seated desire for change driving it all that makes the country unique. That desire derives from the darkest possible place -- a fear-inspiring place the people of Rwanda know all too well, and fight hard not to return to.

Big dreams for Rwanda’s ICT sector
Success story is grabbing global attention

posted by infini at 11:13 AM on March 31, 2014

The Rise of Rwanda's Women
posted by infini at 11:58 PM on April 2, 2014 [1 favorite]

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them

We are indeed the lucky and unlucky ones

As we are the ones who have lived to tell the tales of those we once knew

We are the ones who carry those scars of things seen, done and lost

We are the ones who must never let those who are not here be forgotten by the new

We are the ones who will never need to be reminded that 'We will Remember Them'

As we are the ones who will always remember those we forever call family

I do not know your name, but I know you died

I do not know from where you came, but I know you died

It was for each other, through shot and shell, the madness you endured

Side by side, through wound and pain

Sixteen-year-old Annick Gikundiro from Kigali writes poetry and gives readings to bring a message of courage and hope to young Rwandans. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in her country, we publish her poem ‘Memories and peace’.
posted by infini at 7:42 AM on April 6, 2014

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