Redefining Justice: Rwanda's development of Inkiko Gacaca -- a village-based community justice
|Anita was a student in my PCE 241 class, Issues in Conflict Resolution. Immediately she took an interest in the post conflict situation in Rwanda. Having traveled there, she was aware from a personal level of the trauma that was inflicted as well as the work that had to be done to heal and reconcile the country. During our semester, Anne Aghion who produced the documentary Gacaca Living Together Again in Rwanda?" spoke on campus. Anita met with her. This paper is the result of a deep desire to understand the basis of this horrific event, but also a realization that peace can be achieved after such calamity. Finally, this paper presents a picture of hope for the future. Anita's work is extremely well written and researched. She is most deserving of this honor.
|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.
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