This week marks the 16th anniversary of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. It’s an anniversary I have been warned about; “Everything closes”, “Everybody changes”, “Everybody keeps themselves to themselves”, “Those with money, head to Burundi”, “Get out of Kigali”, “It’s an utterly miserable time”, “You know such and such? He’s completely different in April, you’ll see”. All of which makes perfect sense, for those of us who will never truly understand what happened 16 years ago.
However, I am, of course, curious as to how Rwandans feel and what Rwandans do during the memorial week and following 100 days. How do people cope with the memory, the stress, the day-to-day? I hope to have more on this in the coming weeks.
Yoga is being used to help heal genocide victims of Rwanda, but many people live with daily reminders of the genocide which is more intense during every first week of April when the killings actually began in 1994. A Reuters Africa Journal report by Themis Hakizimana and Vivianne Mukakizima link
Photo taken from the Kigali Wire Flickr account.