Three years after our first recordings, what are Stories For Hope participants doing? We invited as many as could come, to witness the formal deposit of their dialogues with chosen elders, in Rwanda's National Archives. Their many questions and stories about the past will become part of Rwanda's history.
Newcomers heard them talk about how breaking the silences have spurred them on to be more vocal in their communities, connect with others, advocate for Rwandan culture, and promote peace and reconciliation.
Many had already been through entrepreneurship training we offered them in 2012, in exchange for becoming Stories For Hope advocates.
The exhibit, made possible by the University of Michigan, was highlighted by a large listening station of CD players and headphones, and two large display panels in both English and Kinyarwanda. And of course, the CD-ROM recordings of their dialogues were there too.
Representative were there from government, education, and Kigali's new Public Library, which has requested the exhibit for several months, so that ordinary Rwandan youth can stop by to listen.
Our next goal is to ready the project for further dissemination, in time for the 20th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi, in 2014.
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