Africa

A Literary Human Rights Defender Dies

Nadine Gordimer, South African author and human rights defender, died yesterday, at age 90. A prolific writer, Gordimer published over 30 books, as well as short stories depicting the consequences of apartheid and alienation.

Gordimer was a member of the African National Congress, fought for Nelson Mandela's release, and once it was realised, the two became good friends.

Never Again - 15th Anniversary Commemoration Song

Jean Paul Samputu, a Rwandan singer who won a Kora award (likened to the "African Grammy Awards"), was commissioned by the Rwandan government to write this song for the 15th commemoration of the Tutsi

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Jean Paul Samputu

Forgiveness is the Most Powerful Tool for Change

I survived the Tutsi genocide in 1994, but tragically, I lost my parents, brothers and sister.

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Jean Paul Samputu

Rwanda in Recovery - Podcast by Philip Gourevitch

A reporter who was in Rwanda in 1994, and author of "We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda," returns to Rwanda to assess the progress the country's progress fifteen years later.

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Philip Gourevitch

Rwanda Ready to Share Peace

Reverend Désiré Rutaganda, Coordinator of the Centre for Documentation and Training in Kigali, Rwanda, shares his experience working for peace in Rwanda.

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Désiré Rutaganda

Poet Diana Ferrus Shares "Peace Song"

South African poet Diana Ferrus' work has had a strong impact that it resulted in the repatriation of the remains of former South African slave Sarah Bartmann from France this century.

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Diana Ferrus

Peace the Only Option

Modise Phekouyane, a former inmate of Robben Island for anti-apartheid activities in South Africa, shares how forgiveness replaced his hatred for his former oppressors.

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Modise Phekouyane

Cry Poem (text)



How many days

does it take

to cry

 

one

tear

 

Author: 
Carole St. Laurent

Cry Poem (video)

How many days does it take to cry one tear for each victim of the Tutsi genocide?

Five hundred and fifty-five.

Author: 
Carole St. Laurent

Pleure Poésie (audio)

Combien de jours est-ce que ça prend pour pleurer une larme pour chaqu'un qui était tué au genocide des Tutsi au Rwanda?

Cinq cent cinquante-cinq.

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Author: 
Carole St. Laurent
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