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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.

Help us rebuild fractured lives in Rwanda

 

The people of Rwanda have come a long way since the 1994 genocide that took nearly a million lives. Yet the stories captured in our Fractured Lives photo exhibition show that survivors, ex-combatants and ex-prisoners are still struggling to rebuild their lives.

 

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Women’s political participation and economic empowerment in post-conflict countries

The Great Lakes region has in the last ten to fifteen years seen an increase in women’s representation and involvement in politics and the public sphere, a positive outcome of the region’s peace processes and political transitions.

 

Fractured Lives

Marking the International Day of Peace, International Alert today released ‘Fractured Lives’, a photographic essay and film on the incredible stories of Rwandan people who are still working hard to rebuild their lives and their divided society 18 years after the 1994 genocide.

FRACTURED LIVES: the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide

Marking the International Day of Peace, on 21st September International Alert released ‘Fractured Lives’, a photographic essay and film (watch here) on the remarkable stories of Rwandan people who are still working hard to rebuild their lives and their divided society, 18 years after the 1994 genocide.

 

Alert contributes to establishing a Committee on Women in Cross-border Trade

In the context of an ongoing programme on Women’s Economic Empowerment, Alert co-organised a regional workshop with the Economic Community of the Great Lakes (CEPGL) and UN WOMEN on April 25th – 27th in Gisenyi, Rwanda.

Become a Peacebuilder!

As we look to summer, it is hard not to reflect on what an eventful spring it has been on the international stage.From a historic revolution in Egypt to the violent civil conflict that has erupted in Libya – the need for peace is back in the spotlight.