Humanity Lost, Humanity Found: 25 Years After the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi
Nearly 20 years ago, when Bizimana, Gadi and Mussa started taking pictures in and around the Imbabazi orphanage, Rwanda was just beginning to rebuild following the genocide. The country had been annihilated, its humanity betrayed and its future uncertain. What their pictures captured, as Gadi puts it, weren’t killings. “It was life. It was people building themselves.”
As adults, Bizimana, Gadi and Mussa continue to turn their lens on Rwanda and the resilience of its people. What they see is a humanity that was lost is now found. It is undeniable that government-led forgiveness and reconciliation programs have succeeded in establishing a peaceful co-existence. But there is still unfathomable loss that they, and every new generation, struggles to understand.
While there is no answer to satisfy their question “Why?,” they are setting out to see reconciliation in action. In January of this year, they started their own photo project — a passion project — inside Rwanda to photograph and interview genocide perpetrators, their victims and their children. The experience inspired them to organize photo workshops that bring together children of genocide perpetrators and children of genocide victims. The first workshop took place in April 2019 to commemorate the 25th anniversary remembrance of the genocide; more photo workshops are planned throughout the year.
Together, they are living testimony that long-lasting peace is now in the hands of the next generation.
This work is also being profiled in the Camera Kids documentary being produced by The GroundTruth Project. Learn more HERE.