Encounters with conflict and peace

Confronting the past

There is no road map for Rwanda’s path to recovery.

The challenge is overwhelming and many of the initiatives have never been attempted at a country-sized scale before. The process has not been perfect but perhaps its greatest strength has been to match the scale and nature of the crimes. It was a neighbourhood genocide, and recovery efforts take place at an intimate, community level, with a focus on restoring workable relationships between victims and perpetrators.

Dr Phil Clark is a young Australian who has spent nine years doing fieldwork research in Rwanda. He believes that the way Rwanda has dealt with the genocide has been confronting, but ultimately positive…

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