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In Rwanda we support the peaceful reintegration and reconciliation of genocide survivors, perpetrators and ex-combatants.

We bring together the groups most affected by the 1994 genocide and its consequences: survivors, ex-prisoners, ex-combatants and young people, to build trust and understanding between them. Dialogue clubs, trauma counselling and micro-finance schemes enable them to identify common ground for cooperation and coexistence, and to learn how to resolve conflicts peacefully. We also promote spaces for dialogue between citizens and authorities on land reform and rural development, to ensure this leads to equitable growth and a reduction in the risk of conflicts.

Our work is important because resilience at both the individual and societal level is crucial to building sustainable peace in Rwanda.

We have been working in Rwanda since 1995.

Why: 

Rwanda has come a long way since the 1994 genocide. More than three million refugees have returned to the country, sixty thousand combatants have been demobilised and thousands of former genocide prisoners have returned to their communities. Internal security has improved, infrastructure has been rebuilt, the economy is improving and more women are taking part in political and economic life.

However, the country still faces a number of risks and challenges to peace. Economic development and land usage reform are taking place against a backdrop of unresolved trauma. Below the surface, communities across the country are still deeply divided and fragmented as a result of their experiences during and since the genocide. Without greater healing and reconciliation, there is a real danger that these tensions between communities could spiral into violence again in the future.

Rwanda also faces external instability in neighbouring eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which since 2012 has witnessed an escalation of violence by the M23 rebel group. This has led to tense relations between the two countries, especially after a UN report accused Rwanda of helping to destabilise eastern DRC – an accusation which Rwanda strongly denies.

The government and the people of Rwanda have made remarkable progress in re-establishing normality after the chaos and trauma of the genocide, with the support of the international community. It is important to continue to consolidate this progress and to ensure that peace is lasting and sustainable in the country.

Tackling drug abuse in Rwanda

International Alert Rwanda recently launched an anti-drugs campaign as part of our work on reconciliation and socio-economic reintegration in the country, with support from Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust.

Peace Talks 9: Rwanda, 20 years on

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Twenty years on, people in the country are still struggling to piece their lives back together and deep-rooted trauma continues to haunt many. This discussion explored how a country like Rwanda can move on from the devastation of genocide and conflict, and look towards a better future.

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Peace Talks 9: Rwanda, 20 years on

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Twenty years on, people in the country are still struggling to piece their lives back together and deep-rooted trauma continues to haunt many.

This event will explore how a country like Rwanda can move on from the devastation of genocide and conflict, and look towards a better future.

Speakers:

Rwanda: 20 years on

April 2014 marks 20 years since the Rwandan genocide.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your generous support and give you an update on our work so far.

Through trauma counselling, we’re helping people talk about their experiences, and forgive and reconcile with each another: