An exhibition exploring the role of restorative justice in promoting the human rights and welfare of survivors of genocide in Rwanda takes place at LSE from Monday 18 July to Friday 26 August in the Atrium of the Old Building. It will feature photographic, written and video testimony of survivors participating in and benefitting from restorative justice. This exhibition was made possible by the LSE Annual Fund.
Over a period of 100 days in 1994, around a million people, mostly Tutsis, were murdered in Rwanda. The Survivors Fund is one of the few agencies working with genocide survivors in the East African country. Here is a short film about the untold stories of some of the Rwandan genocide survivors.
Here are some of the photos that will appear in the exhibition.
Survivors Fund (SURF) was founded by Mary Kayitesi Blewitt OBE in 1997 to campaign for support and justice for survivors of the genocide. Over 50 members of Mary’s family were killed during the genocide.
Kiziguro Memorial Site is where the bodies of 3,000 Tutsi victims of the genocide were dumped following the massacre at the adjacent Kiziguro Parish Church. Survivors Fund (SURF) is currently fundraising to erect a memorial wall to ensure that the name of each victim is memorialised for posterity.
Daphrose, a widowed survivor of the genocide whose entire family were killed during the genocide, receives a house constructed by Survivors Fund (SURF). It was funded by Comic Relief through a shelter programme for vulnerable survivors whose houses were destroyed.
Helping survivors to rebuild their own lives through income-generating activities is a focus of the work of Survivors Fund (SURF). This cooperative of widows and orphans in Cyangugu is achieving this through the growing of cassava. Such projects restore dignity, and a degree of economic security, lost to them as a result of the genocide.
Restorative Justice: healing wounds and repairing lives – advancing the human rights of survivors of genocide in Rwanda runs from 18 July to 26 August in the Atrium of the Old Building. Click for more details.