Reintegration Photos & Film Launched

The International Alert on October 9, launched ‘Fractured Lives’, a photographic essay and film highlighting stories of Rwandans who are still working to rebuild their lives and society, 18 years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
At the same event held in Kigali, Alert also launched the policy report, ‘Healing fractured lives: reconciliation and reintegration in Rwanda’.
The new releases are part of Alert’s project that is supported by USAID and Misereor. The project is implemented by (…)

 

The International Alert on October 9, launched ‘Fractured Lives’, a photographic essay and film highlighting stories of Rwandans who are still working to rebuild their lives and society, 18 years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

At the same event held in Kigali, Alert also launched the policy report, ‘Healing fractured lives: reconciliation and
reintegration in Rwanda’.

The new releases are part of Alert’s project that is supported by USAID and Misereor. The project is implemented by Alert in partnership with Pro-Femmes/Twese Hamwe Umuseke, the Rwandan Association of Trauma Counsellors (ARCT Ruhuka), Duterimbere Asbl, and Duterimbere IMF.

Among others, the photos by award-winning photojournalist Carol Allen Storey put the spotlight on the long-term effects of war and the complexity of reconciling a nation.

Commenting on the launch, International Alert’s Country Manager in Rwanda, Gloriose Bazigaga, said, “These photos are very striking, as are the stories behind them.”

However, they are not one-day success stories; they are stories of a lifetime. They demonstrate the commitment of Rwandan individuals, communities and organisations that goes on year after year, sometimes for generations, to rebuild lives fractured by
conflict.”

The project has brought all sides affected by the genocide and supporting them to establish common ground. In this visual account, survivors, ex-combatants,ex-prisoners and youth share their powerful stories of trauma, forgiveness and hope.

Also commenting on the project, Dan Smith, Alert’s Secretary General, said: ‘Alert and its partners also work to support people facing tough economic conditions especially survivors.

The project addresses both the psychological and economic voids that are always present after conflicts in a long-term process of counselling, dialogue, and training and support for livelihoods initiatives.’

The report analyses reintegration and reconciliation programmes in the country. This study recommends that an inclusive approach to reintegration, bringing together all groups affected by the genocide and its consequences, be used more widely in Rwanda as it has powerful benefits for social cohesion.

It further argues that the reintegration programmes should target the youth as opportunity they have opportunity to positively transform community dynamics. It calls for a multidisciplinary way, targeting psychological, economic and dialogue needs in communities.

ARCT- Ruhuka is National Organization of professional Trauma Counselors.

Contact

City of Kigali Gasabo district, Kimironko sector, Kibagabaga cell, Gasharu village, KG 321st

© Copyright 2021 ARCT Ruhuka