What Hope Looks Like

This is Abby:

We met with the 2nd year KIE students today and ran the Playbuilding and IDC sessions we ran with the 1st year students yesterday. We had the opportunity to sit down with Helen who gave us invaluable advice on ways to improve the session, which we implemented today. It was fantastic! It was amazing to see how the students connected the story we told of Nankabirwa to the real world, and ways they can apply the tools used during the session as future teachers.

We also visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. We have seen movies about the genocide, read books revealing some of the hidden details of the genocide, and I’ve even presented a scene many times about some of the events surrounding the genocide, but one can never become desensitized to the atrocities of the genocide. The Centre serves as a permanent memorial to the victims, built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried. We were taken on a journey of the evolution and the implementation of the genocide: before, during, and after. The first section offered a history of Rwanda and the impact of colonialism. The second section described the genocide, showing pictures and detailed accounts, and the third section dealt with the aftermath and long-term consequences of the genocide. We were urged to never forget the past, and to look forward to a better, unified Rwanda.

The students at KIE echo this charge and are ready to take on the challenge of rebuilding a unified nation. One of the things about Rwanda that makes one student feel proud is the forgiveness that Rwandans have toward one another, and the peace that now exists. The more I work with the students and get to know them, the more confident I become in their abilities to successfully implement this work. Many hope for unity and reconciliation in Rwanda. I see the students becoming instrumental in fostering that unity and reconciliation. When I look at them, I see hope.


About hkwmaat

Faculty member for the MA in Applied Theatre at the City University of New York School of Professional Studies. Also the Director of the CAT Youth Theatre at the Creative Arts Team.
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3 Responses to What Hope Looks Like

  1. Abby,

    Thank you for sharing this vision of hope.


  2. Thank you for sharing your stories. All of them. Sounds like a wonderful and successful experience is underway. Fabulous! – Brian

  3. Jeanne Marie Schultz says:

    Beautifully written Abbi, thanks for your blog.

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