Reflecting on the Rwandan experience: a discussion session



To commemorate the Rwandan Genocide Memorial Day, we are bringing One Young World Ambassadors together who have lived through conflict, or work directly in conflict zones to reflect on the post-Genocide experience and draw from the expertise of the Nation to look to the future.

Date: Wednesday 8 April

Time: 4pm BST

Location: Zoom

Register to attend


About the discussion

“Over the course of one hundred days, from April to July 1994, over one million Tutsi were killed and hundreds of thousands of survivors were left orphaned, wounded, disabled, widowed, diseased, and/or homeless in the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi.”

26 years on, Rwanda is emerging as one of the most cohesive societies and prosperous countries in the East African region, with growth expected to continue in the years to come. Whilst this was achieved through the unique shared efforts of the people determined never to repeat such atrocity, the lessons that can be learnt from the Genocide offer much for policymakers and community actors working to establish more peaceful and prosperous societies worldwide. With approximately 60% of its population under the age of 25, young people and the leaders among them have been and continue to be at the fore of Rwanda’s emerging success.

The link to join the discussion will be sent to participants ahead of the call.

The format

OYW Ambassador Hyppolite Ntigurirwa will lead the discussion by sharing his personal experience living through the Rwandan Genocide.

We will then invite the participants to share their stories and insights, and subsequently discuss a number of questions related to conflict prevention.