“It is not safe in the new Rwanda to share what you really think”

Whispering Truth to Power: Everyday Resistance to Reconciliation in Post-genocide Rwanda Author Dr. Susan Thomson By: Jennifer Fierberg Powerlessness can be defined as the inability to make changes in one’s own life or having the lack of ability to effect change. This lack of power can be a product of social hierarchy, racism, cultural contexts and the influence of political leaders. In the case of Rural Rwanda, political oppression has led to powerlessness among the most poor and vulnerable in the community.  Further, powerlessness is, “Ordinary people who have nothing…

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Rwanda: A government with deep pockets and shallow morals

By: Jennifer Fierberg The US State Department made a strong statement today in regards to the ongoing reports of the arrests and disappearances of dozens of Rwandans over the last two months. The statement by Marie Harf, Deputy Department Spokesperson, and Office of the Spokesperson US State Department stated in part: “Rwandan authorities held individuals incommunicado for periods up to two months before presenting them to a court of law. We are encouraged that Rwandan authorities have recently taken steps to bring a number of these individuals before a court.…

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