Genocide survivor to give talk at The University of Nottingham

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The University of Nottingham is welcoming Rwandan sociologist, psychotherapist and survivor of the 1994 genocide, Esther Mujawayo, to give a talk about her experiences.

As a many as one million Rwandan people were killed in the Genocide against the Tutsi between April and July 1994. Those who survived have to live with the daily trauma of having experienced unimaginable violence and loss of their loved ones.

The ‘Rwandan Stories of Change’ Project in the Department of French and Francophone Studies presents the talk by Esther Mujawayo on Friday 29 January at 4pm in Highfields House, University Park. The talk will be introduced by Dr James Smith, Chief Executive of the Aegis Trust.

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Psychological impact of the genocide

Esther has published two books of testimony about her experiences, which recount the psychological impact of the genocide and her search for the bodies of her beloved family members.

Esther is cofounder of AVEGA (a Rwandan association for genocide widows), which provides psychological and financial support to widows who are survivors of the genocide. She currently lives in Germany with her husband and three daughters.

Stories of Change

The ‘Rwandan Stories of Change’ project is led by Dr Nicki Hitchcott at The University of Nottingham in partnership with the Aegis Trust. The project is investigating how individual Rwandan people have adjusted and reconstructed their identity in the years since the genocide.

The Aegis Trust is an international NGO working to prevent genocide and mass atrocities around the world. 

To find out more about the event visit the website.

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of French and Francophone Studies
at The University of Nottingham at

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