Portraits From Abroad - harvgreenberg
Abroad Portrait 72
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"Simply Rwandan"

Almost every Rwandan has a story related to the 1994 genocide. The trauma was so severe that it is difficult for many people to cope. As a result, Rwanda is a delicate country whose deep wounds are still healing, and the government is working hard to ensure that Rwandans heal together as a nation. Here, ethnicity no longer exists—everyone is simply Rwandan. Therefore, it is illegal to discuss ethnic groups, except during sanctioned discussions held during Genocide Memorial Week every April.

"Simply Rwandan"

Almost every Rwandan has a story related to the 1994 genocide. The trauma was so severe that it is difficult for many people to cope. As a result, Rwanda is a delicate country whose deep wounds are still healing, and the government is working hard to ensure that Rwandans heal together as a nation. Here, ethnicity no longer exists—everyone is simply Rwandan. Therefore, it is illegal to discuss ethnic groups, except during sanctioned discussions held during Genocide Memorial Week every April.