Promoting Reconciliation through Exhuming and Identifying Victims in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide

Jessee, E. (2012) Promoting Reconciliation through Exhuming and Identifying Victims in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Discussion Paper. African Initiative and The Centre for International Governance Innovation.

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Abstract

Drawing upon interviews conducted with 24 Kibuye-based survivors, as well as GOR officials from around Rwanda, the paper argues that survivors — while appreciative of any effort to memorialize the 1994 genocide — are negotiating psychological and spiritual distress as a result of their inability to definitively identify and rebury the remains of their missing loved ones with respect. This distress, in turn, makes it difficult for them to envision a stable future for their communitythat includes multi-ethnic collaboration. For this reason, the paper asserts that the international community, in collaboration with the GOR and survivor communities around Rwanda, should pursue new humanitarian exhumations. These exhumations should be mandated to positively identify the anonymous victims of the 1994 genocide and return any identified remains to their surviving families for reburial.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Discussion Paper)
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jessee, Dr Erin
Authors: Jessee, E.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Publisher:African Initiative and The Centre for International Governance Innovation
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 Erin Jessee
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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