Voices of Rwanda is dedicated to recording and preserving testimonies of Rwandans, and to ensuring that their stories inform the world about genocide and inspire a global sense of responsibility to prevent human rights atrocities.
On April 7, 1994, Rwanda descended into genocide. Over the course of 90 days, at least eight hundred thousand Tutsi and thousands of politically moderate Hutus were killed by fellow Rwandans with the implicit permission of a passive international community. Today survivors, bystanders, the rescuers, and perpetrators are all searching for ways to live with one another and with their difficult past. Despite the enormous challenges, Rwanda is moving forward and rebuilding a nation.
Voices of Rwanda recognizes Rwandans’ need to share their stories and the value of their histories for all people. Toward that end, Voices of Rwanda has begun a campaign to film testimonies of Rwandans and to archive them, in both Rwanda and the United States. The testimonies will be made available as a resource for historians, psychologists, activists, journalists, artists, and future generations of Rwandans.
Not to transmit an experience is to betray it. -Elie Wiesel