Redefining Justice: Rwanda's development of Inkiko Gacaca -- a village-based community justice
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In May 2003 I had the honor of traveling to Rwanda for a peace and justice training sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. That year marked the 10 year commemoration of the victims of the Genocide. I traveled not knowing what to expect from a country that had experienced one of the most tragic events in human history. The inescapable trauma of the genocide continues to haunt the minds and hearts of many people I talked with in Rwanda. As a woman of African descent this journey had a deep spiritual sense of homecoming. Living in Baltimore City, where crime and conflict are symptomatic of urban poverty, I always wondered in the back of my mind how people on the grassroots can resolve issues peacefully. After visiting Rwanda and witnessing peace building and reconciliation, I now know that alternative forms of justice and conflict resolution exist.