NYU Global Field Intensive in Rwanda (January 2016)

NYU’s Global Field Intensive was one of four J-Term university delegations that we hosted in East Africa this January – three in Rwanda, one in Uganda. Led by Global Affairs Professor Jennifer Trahan, the students explored the topic of Justice & Reconciliation in Rwanda.

IMG_0521The program included a busy schedule of meetings. After introductory visits to the Kigali Memorial Center, Camp Kigali, the Presidential Museum and the genocide memorial churches at Nyamata and Ntarama, the students were able to have discussions and interviews with the following organizations: National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide, the survivor umbrella organization IBUKA, Rwanda Bar Association, Prison Fellowship Rwanda, Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court, University of Rwanda, National Public Prosecution Authority, Fugitive Tracking Unit, US Embassy, National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, and the association of genocide widows AVEGA Agahozo.

IMG_0582Highlights of the trip also included a visit to the reconciliation village of Mbyo to observe a reconciliation meeting and traditional dances, as well as a weekend excursion to Lake Kivu and Volcanoes National Park for an optional trek to see mountain gorillas or golden monkeys.

Prof. Trahan summarized afterwards: “I wanted to tell you how incredibly helpful our guide Francoise was all week. Everything ran smoothly, really everything. Having run 4 past tours to Bosnia, I find it is almost impossible to make everything run smoothly, and yet she did.”

 

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