07 April 2014
IB Global Politics: #Rwanda20
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. While there are a plethora of great stories that have come out in recent days, these stood out as some of the most compelling, informative, or provocative. Please take the opportunity to read, listen, and reflect on these, especially if you're revising for exams or preparing for tomorrow's simulation.
The Economist. (2014, April 05). To hell and back. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/news/international/21600156-how-nations-torn-apart-atrocity-or-civil-war-can-stitch-themselves-together-again?fsrc=scn%2Ffb%2Fwl%2Fpe%2Ftohellandback
Fritz, M. (1994, May 13). Only human wreckage is left in village of Karubamba. Retrieved from http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/5701
Gourevitch, P. (2014, April 4). Letter from the archive: The genocide in Rwanda. Retrieved from http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/backissues/2014/04/letter-from-the-archive-the-genocide-in-rwanda.html
Human Rights Watch. (1999, March). Leave none to tell the story: Genocide in Rwanda. Retrieved from http://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/1999/rwanda/Geno15-8-01.htm
Inskeep, S. (2014, April 7). Where does Rwanda go from here? Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2014/04/07/300118525/where-does-rwanda-go-from-here
Kagame, P. (2014, April 1). Rebooting Rwanda. Retrieved from http://www.foreignaffairs.com/discussions/interviews/rebooting-rwanda
Warner, G. (2014, April 6). How abandonment in Rwandan genocide changed peacekeepers' role. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2014/04/06/299913830/how-abandonment-in-rwandan-genocide-changed-peacekeepers-role
Warner, G. (2014, April 7). Ceremonies commemorate 20 years since Rwanda genocide. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2014/04/07/300118518/ceremonies-commemorate-20-years-since-rwanda-genocide
Wolfe, L. (2014, April 04). How Rwandans cope with the horror of 1994. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/04/how-rwandans-cope-with-the-horror-of-1994/360204/
Tomorrow, the Glopo Year 1 students will take part in a day long simulation on peace building in post-genocide Rwanda. One village, six people gives students the opportunity to explore and apply their understanding of the concepts power, legitimacy, sovereignty, interdependence, peace, non-violence, conflict, and violence as they take on various roles of victims and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide. I'll be sure to post pictures and reflections, including our #Rwanda20 selfie, on the experience after we've completed our debriefing.