Reconciling Rwanda: Unity, Nationality and State Control

Authors

Jennifer Melvin

Synopsis

In July 1994, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) set out to stabilise and secure Rwanda, a country decimated by genocide. This mandate was later extended to include the herculean task of promoting unity and reconciliation to a population torn apart by violence. More than two decades later, these goals appear to have been achieved. Beneath the veneer of reconciliation lies myriad programmes and legislation that do more than seek to unite the population - they keep the RPF in power. In Reconciling Rwanda: Unity, Nationality and State Control, Jennifer Melvin analyses the highly controversial RPF and its vision of reconciliation to determine who truly benefits from the construction of the new post-genocide Rwanda.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Contribution and engagement
  • 2. Conflict in context
  • 3. Gacaca: justice and reconciliation at the community genocide courts
  • 4. Nation-building and a return to unity
  • 5. Teaching the nation: reconciliation through education
  • 6. The functions of ‘national reconciliation’: political images of Rwanda
  • 7. Conclusion

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Published
May 1, 2020

Details about the available publication format: Free Open Access PDF

Free Open Access PDF
ISBN-13
9781912250400
Date of first publication
2020-05-01
doi
10.14296/0420.9781912250400

Details about the available publication format: Paperback edition

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ISBN-13
9780993110207
Date of first publication
2015-12-01