The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

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Venkat Rao Pulla
Charles Kalinganire

Abstract

This study, written collaboratively with a native Rwandan author, briefly recalls the historical reality from a Rwandan perspective and addresses the consequences of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Furthermore, the way the Western world was a passive spectator to the economic, political and social pillage and Genocide that occurred in the last part of the 20th Century, that was, in 1994, is discussed. 


How is reconciliation fostered in the communities across Rwanda? In particular, the sites and communities where massacres were held?  Strong community ties and community being central to social work practice is observed in most East African countries, with no exception to Rwanda. While social work pedagogy is something new and possibly introduced by Western idiom, the tradition of welfare and mutual caring (would have been/ has been part) of the Kinyarwanda culture, language, and manner of living. What factors have worked for reconciliation, reconstruction of the society?  How were people made to understand violence, and what did they replace it with?    How is the post-genocide moral narrative shaped?  The traditional indigenous processes that have been utilised, including the Gacaca, unique court process, are briefly discussed. How do people implant hate into people? By the same token, how do people put peace and love into people? These are a few questions that were central to this study throughout.

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Pulla, V. R., & Kalinganire, C. (2021). The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Space and Culture, India, 9(3), 17-31. https://doi.org/10.20896/saci.v9i3.1065
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Received 2020-09-18
Published 2021-11-30

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