May 2017 event
- June 21, 2017
- Posted by: research
- Category: News and Events
IRDP is implementing a project called “Healing our Community-Promoting Social Cohesion in Rwanda”. During May 2017 IRDP conducted a second quarterly inter-generational dialogues within 8 Districts, via community Dialogue Clubs and Youth Peace Clubs. This event aimed at addressing problems openly, exchanging opinions on conflicts arising around generation gap in understanding genocide ideology concept, meaning, causes and effects, context in which people live, and their experience before, within and after the genocide against Tutsi in 1994. It was also aimed at assessing related problems faced day to day, in order to share understanding of each other’s experiences for a socio-cohesion and mutual trust.
Discussions between elders and young generation revealed that the community understands the meaning of genocide ideology but has a burden to define it clearly. Thus, they describe it rather by examples than explaining the concept. In general, the genocide ideology is not yet fully eradicated, since some community members still demonstrate a negative ideologist behaviour. It is transmitted from parents to children, and is observed by hatred speeches and the absence of commitment in commemoration gathering. However, the situation is not alarming. The community lives in harmony with the help of governmental institutions and people seem to overcome few genocide ideology signals.
Recommendations converged in continuous discussions and debate on genocide ideology injuries between parents and children.