GYC Village

blog posts from GYC's participants, alumni, & staff

The Art of Reconciliation

By Yumna Mohamed (South Africa) It’s been a long, convoluted road that led me to who I am now; a former journalist trying to make it as a stand-up comedian. … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Dilemma of Applied Reconciliation: The Rwandan Perspective

By Maria Mukuka On July 3rd, after a four hour drive out of Kigali, in the middle of a perfectly sunny Rwandan afternoon, Global Youth Connect’s Turikumwe human rights delegation … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sarajevo: A Paradox Embodied

By Pembroke King While in Sarajevo, I was speaking with a fellow GYC delegate about the analogy of a city to a human body. Metropolitan areas are often seen as … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Anger in the Camp

By Alain Twagirayezu “The International Community has rejected us. I don’t even know where I can ask my questions any more.” – A refugee in KIZIBA refugee camp youth during … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Measure? Quantify?

By Suprita Datta (GYC Rwanda Jan 2015) Human rights, unlike other aspects of policy and politics, have impacts that can be measured and quantified. How many kids are receiving an … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Turikumwe!

By Nan Zhang (China) Rwanda, a country that I had never thought I would have an opportunity to go to, has become a turning point of my life. It was … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

18 Year Old Camps

By Timothee Mwizihire I didn’t fully grasp what it means to live like a refugee before I met the youth living in refugee camps in Rwanda: Kiziba and Gihembe. Listening … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Peak of the Mountain

By Jean Baptiste HARAGIRIYAREMYE It was on 16th June, 1976 when Soweto high school students took to the streets in a peaceful protest against the use of Afrikaans (a language … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

My Returns Home

By Tara Pipes (GYC Rwanda Alumna, Summer 2013) When I first flew into Kigali in July, stepping out of the airport into the open evening summer air, I knew immediately … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bosnia is Rwanda. Rwanda is Bosnia.

By Maja Pecanac (Bosnian delegate to Rwanda) Everything I saw and experienced in Rwanda was garbled in my head. Genocide. Poverty. Reconciliation. Post-war development of the country. Progress. At one … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Words to GYC from UN High Commissioner

GYC had the chance to attend the NGO (civil society) meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on October 24, 2012, and to ask a question … Continue reading

October 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Safe Passages

Juvenile Justice Project and Safe Passages By Nina Vershuta Our meeting with the Juvenile Justice Project of the Correctional Association (CA) of NY was the first of many organizations concerning … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Art for Healing Diverse Communities

Gallery 138: Art for Healing Diverse Communities Exhibit By Tamuz Avivi Art and Finance in Global Engagement, or Art for Healing Diverse Communities: July 3rd at Gallery 138 We reached … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Confronting Barriers to Education

by Lambert Mugabo Education challenges among Historically Marginalized People (Potters) in Rwanda. A case of Mubuga sector, District of Karongi, Western Province, Rwanda. This post has been published in a more … Continue reading

August 28, 2012 · 7 Comments

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