25 years on, Rwandan genocide still reverberates throughout the region

25 years on, Rwandan genocide still reverberates throughout the region

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A quarter of a century after the April 1994 genocide, Rwanda is prospering. The tiny, landlocked land with a population of little more than 12 million offers the world an image of stability and contentment.

The success story is largely seen as the handiwork of President Paul Kagame, says Patrick Hajayandi, a researcher with the South African-based Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.

“He did a tremendous job in restoring the country in terms of development, in terms of leadership,” Hajyandi told DW.

Rwanda is also a country whose domestic and external policies are shaped by the horrendous experience in a very significant way.

“We can’t overstate just how important the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi remains in the mind of Kagame. This Rwandan government is the first to try to address socio-economic inequality across the Hutu-Tutsi divide,” says researcher Phil Clark from SOAS at the University of London.