UBWUNGO PEACE AND RECONCILIATION CENTER
A vision in the making – It is our mission to collect, tell and save Rwandans experiences of reconciliation.
To promote their stories of solidarity, peace, and hope for future generations.
The UPRC aspires to become the first holistic place for Rwandans to share their positive stories of reconciliation with the 1994 genocide. UPRC is a long-term hearth project from CARSA Rwanda.
By building a future-oriented campus outside of Kigali, Rwanda, We will provide visitors with examples of reconciliation after genocide and mass killings, in order to increase awareness and understanding in post-conflict societies.
The UPRC’s multimedia research campus will serve local and global audiences, providing a platform for researchers and local community members to work together. It will be a pioneering space of learning and knowledge exchange on the post-genocide journey of Rwanda.
The vision of the Ubwungo peace and reconciliation center is to collect and exhibit Rwandas positive stories of post-genocide reconciliation, and to promote ways of solidarity and hope for future generations.
During the Rwandan genocide of 1994, members of the Hutu ethnic majority in the east-central African nation of Rwanda murdered as many as 800,000 people, mostly of the Tutsi minority. Started by Hutu nationalists in the capital of Kigali, the genocide spread throughout the country with shocking speed and brutality, as ordinary citizens were incited by local officials and the Hutu Power government to take up arms against their neighbors. By the time the Tutsi-led Rwandese Patriotic Front gained control of the country through a military offensive in early July, hundreds of thousands of Rwandans were dead and 2 million refugees (mainly Hutus) fled Rwanda, exacerbating what had already become a full-blown humanitarian crisis.
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Rwanda has a story of reconciliation to share with the rest of the world. With a limited capacity of prison infrastructure to handle the huge number of genocide cases and an enormous burden on the judiciary system, Rwanda’s traditional Gacaca community courts system was modified in 2002 to address thousands of genocide crimes. As a grassroots justice and reconciliation system, Gacaca courts uncovered the truth of what happened by allowing survivors and perpetrators to meet together in their own communities and talk about the genocide events. Judges elected by local communities heard the trials of genocide suspects and would deliver lower sentences if perpetrators confessed, pleaded guilty and asked forgiveness for their crimes. Nearly two million cases were tried through Gacaca until its closure in 2012.
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UPRC is a project from CARSA !