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Rwanda Since 1994Stories of Change$
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Hannah Grayson and Nicki Hitchcott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941992

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941992.001.0001

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Promising Generations: From Intergenerational Guilt to Ndi Umunyarwanda

Promising Generations: From Intergenerational Guilt to Ndi Umunyarwanda

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(p.189) Promising Generations: From Intergenerational Guilt to Ndi Umunyarwanda
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Rwanda Since 1994
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Richard M. Benda

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941992.003.0011

Ndi Umunyarwanda is a relatively new concept, having surfaced in post-genocide political narrative in July 2013. There is little doubt however that this concept currently dominates Rwandan identity politics and is envisioned as the answer to almost all the historical ills that have befallen and divided Rwanda. In light of the currently predominant discourse on post-genocide Rwanda, Ndi Umunyarwanda could be perceived as a top-down process of social engineering if considered only from the perspective of the current stage of its political dissemination. However, approached from its inception stage as this essay does, It is a bottom-up phenomenon that originates from Youth Connekt Dialogues (YCD); a series of dialogues held between children of perpetrators, children (of) survivors and representatives of local and central governments. The essay offers a narrative analysis of this emergence of Ndi Umunyarwanda out of YCD. The argument proposed here is that change in post-genocide Rwanda happens in different stages and at different levels. A narrative examination of YCD and Ndi Umunyarwanda as sequentially related phenomena shows that individual and group-initiated changes at grassroots levels can and do shape the national metanarrative of post-genocide nation building.

Keywords:   Children, Guilt, Identity, Intergenerational, Nationhood, Ndi Umunyarwanda, Perpetrators, Reconstruction, Youth Connekt Dialogues, Rwanda

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