Rwandan genocide exhibit features "rebirth of a nation from ashes"

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Opening of the Exhibit Kwibuka20 : Memory, Unity and Renewal in Rwanda After the Genocide, organized by Kwibuka and the Government of Rwanda
UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

An exhibition depicting the "dark period" of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the country's remarkable journey to heal and rebuild has opened at the UN.

"Kwibuka20: Memory, Unity & Renewal in Rwanda after the Genocide" is part of a series of remembrance activities at the United Nations that commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda

Kwibuka means "remember" in Kinyarwanda.

Using images, texts and quotes from survivors and foreign witnesses, the exhibition features individuals who stayed to help at great personal peril.

It also shows survivors and perpetrators who have managed to reconcile, discuss the past and rebuild their lives in a pacified country.

The exhibition is organized by Kwibuka, the Government of Rwanda, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and Aegis Trust.

Rick Hirschhaut, Director of International Outreach for Kwibuka20 told Isabelle Dupuis how the exhibit records the "rebirth" of a nation from the ashes".

Duration:  3’18″

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