blog posts from GYC's participants, alumni, & staff
It was such a joy to be able to see the fruits of Christina’s work in Rwanda this summer at the New School panel that included important scholars such as Peter Uvin. In general, Rwanda received a bad wrap from the panelists, who insisted that the government is authoritarian and that mainly it is focused on economic development and that there is little space for civic dialogue and input. In the q&a I mentioned that the LGBT rights movement in Rwanda is one example of civic engagement, and local activism that has had an impact.
Thankfully, the moderator publicly denounced a comment from an audience member who had insisted that the Genocide of the Tutsi killed more Hutus in Rwanda than Tutsis. The moderator said that there was ample evidence to refute any such claims. The moderator left open the question of whether Rwanda’s involvement in the Congo will be further investigated in light of the recent report about killings there, but he reminded the audience that the RPF put a stop to the genocide in 1994 in Rwanda.