29 Apr 2014

Goethe Institute a week ago held a 2 days’ workshop under a theme: ‘Discovering the trans-formative power of poetic writing’.

This workshop was well attended by a number of well known poets as well as writers in Kigali. Andrea Grieder a Social anthropologist from Switzerland as well graced this big occasion.

This workshop presented practical means of handling with a distressing past as well as the genocide in the Rwanda by means of poetic expressions.

Each of the speakers expressed their emotions on various social concerns through poetry in the local Kinyarwanda language, English as well as French.

Andrea Grieder who is a PhD holder, whose dissertation was based on the situation of Rwanda dealing with the emotional stress likewise shared her deepest emotions through poetry and advised the people of Rwanda to try self-expression as a means of dealing with that kind of difficulties.

Grieder as well organizes similar artistic plus cultural workshops concerning Rwanda within Switzerland geared towards establishing societal transformation and also discovering the power of inventiveness.

One of the guests at the workshop Sharon Ampaire, appraised the magnificence about self-expression which she mentioned left her with a brand-new point of view on the challenges of life.

she went on to say that this workshop came at an important time when the people of Rwanda are remembering the lives of more than one million people who died in the terrible 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi; this was without a doubt very useful to those who are traumatized by the past happenings in addition to the many who face various day-to-day difficulties.

The Goethe Institute intends to hold even more related workshops meant to empower people particularly the youth get over challenges by sharing and in a way discovering practical remedies to such issues.

The workshop ended on Sunday evening.

The Rwandan Genocide was a mass slaughter of the Tutsi people and reasonable Hutu within Rwanda by people of the Hutu vast majority. Throughout the estimated 100 day time period starting from 7th April, 1994 to the middle of the month of July, about 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were murdered, making up nearly 20% of the total population of the country and 70% of all the Tutsi then residing in Rwanda. This genocide was organized by members of the major political elite referred to as the akazu, the majority of whom filled positions at high levels within the national government. Criminals came from the positions of the Rwanda national army – the National Police -gendarmerie, government supported militias like the Interahamwe as well as the Impuzamugambi, plus the Hutu non military population.

The genocide occurred as a Rwandan Civil War, a building turmoil starting in 1990 between the Rwandan Patriotic Front – RPF and the Hutu-led national government. The RPF was mostly comprised of Tutsi refugees whose family-members had taken refuge in Uganda right after earlier surf of Hutu assault against the Tutsi-people. Worldwide pressure on the government led by the Hutu of Juvénal Habyarimana ended in a cease-fire in the year 1993 with a plan to employ the Arusha Accords which would produce a power-sharing government with the opposing RPF. However this agreement did not make many conservative Hutu-people happy, such as members of Akazu, who looked at it as surrendering to the demands of the enemy.