On air: Rwandan reconciliation

Hi this is Ros in the WHYS studio in London. Our discussion today is from the Hotel Des Mille Collines in Kigali. We’ll be considering how Rwandans have sought reconciliation since the genocide of 1994. As the show goes on, if you have comments or questions that you’d like me to pass on to our guests, then please post here.

18 Responses to “On air: Rwandan reconciliation”

  1. 1 Dennis Junior
    September 18, 2009 at 13:06


    Thanks, for the great video and the good location of the show on 18 September 2009….

    =Dennis Junior=

  2. September 18, 2009 at 14:22

    Reconciliation has been a tricky topic here in Liberia. I hope the Rwandan can give us their thoughts.

  3. 3 Ajao Akinwale
    September 18, 2009 at 16:15

    Reconciliation is always very difficult in this kind of setting even after the war crime tribunal must have dealt decisively with cases arising from such fratricidal killings.

    But as brothers and sister i genuenily hope that Rwandans will let bygone be bygone

  4. 4 Mohammed Ali
    September 18, 2009 at 16:55

    Reconciliation is causing more problems here in Liberia than good. People are usingthe entire issue of reconciliation to get back at people they see as political enemies or blocking their way to power.
    I think we need to learn reconciliation in its true meaning.

  5. 5 Paul Coletti
    September 18, 2009 at 18:11

    Those cicadas sound amazing. . . as loud as a car alarm

  6. 6 ryan
    September 18, 2009 at 18:13

    i would like to remind people this topic is STILL very sensitive to everyone. a topic that underscores the sensitivity of this subject is the document authored by Mr. Remigius Kintu:


    just search http://www.google.com for


    to find who REALLY was behind the genocide

  7. 7 vijay pillai
    September 18, 2009 at 18:15

    it is very important o recongnise the wrong doing to their minorites and recognise their fundamental rights so these minorities can keep their head high and be equal partners in development of their country.

    Economic prosperity is nay one’s door step if the govts realise that it can only be achieved if the racial,religous and cultural differences are tolerated and all work in harmony as people ,people and people and nothing else. There are such examples one can see which achieved astonishing economic prosperity in their lifetime beyound their wildest dreams.

    See people as resources with moderate views one’s religon as well as others.Tolerance is everything and with time .I still remember in a bus full of chinese a decade ago no one sat next to a black. when i got into the bus i felt sorry for him and sat nest to him and started conversation. He was in my field and educated as well.Now chinese are everywhere in africa.

  8. 8 Lew in Ohio
    September 18, 2009 at 18:28

    I would like to know if any of the save rwanda work that was done in the United States and elsewhere made a difference. Or was it futile and rwanda had to save theirselves.

  9. 9 LJ
    September 18, 2009 at 18:29

    I am sick about this. There was a pure spirit of evil that went through that country. They can look in each other’s face, which clearly looks like themselves, and kill someone. It is not if the people will forgive, the question is how can we heal emotionally to not teach the new generation this hate and bring a spirit of love to this country.


  10. 10 nora
    September 18, 2009 at 18:30

    Reconciliation by the people is what really counts. Your guest is leading by example.

  11. 11 Jonathan (dazzling San Francisco)
    September 18, 2009 at 18:32

    I have heard remarkable stories of Rwandans somehow forgiving each other and finding their common humanity. I hope their endeavor succeeds. I hope that those in other countries, inclusing my native United States, will reflect on the tragic outcome of divisive politics and begin to behave responsibly.

    San Francisco

  12. 12 patti in cape coral
    September 18, 2009 at 18:33

    This is a very intense story, what the gentleman who is being translated is saying. These two men who reconciled their differences are truly an inspiration and lesson about forgiveness. I hope that the rest of the Rwandan people can find the strength within them. Everytime I hear those numbers, 800,000 in 100 days my heart breaks.

    This whole week of reporting from Rwanda has been so evocative, I love Madeleine’s descriptions of her surroundings. Rwanda sounds like a beautiful place.

  13. 13 Marcel
    September 18, 2009 at 18:35

    There is no real reconciliation without truth and justice.
    Paul Kagame is simply another dictator who wants to remain in power.
    There is no justice, democracy, and freedom of press in Rwanda. Oppressed people will one day revolt and fight for these inalienable rights.

  14. 14 Claire
    September 18, 2009 at 18:39


    Why are no Rawandan females included in this very important discussion?

  15. 15 gary
    September 18, 2009 at 19:03

    Fairly remarkable conversation in Kigali!

  16. 16 Sammy
    September 19, 2009 at 01:37

    No reconciliation if the truth and reconciliation commission is not done.
    Democracy, none!! Human Rights, none!!, Freedom of speech, none!!, Is RFI, VOA, BBC are all allowed to broadcast in Rwanda? I think they have been banned for sometimes? Why??? Do ask me!!
    What are you talking about? Kagame is a murderer and a dictator. He ordered the shot down of the late president plane to take power. How about 5millions congolese dead? How about Ntaryamira investigation? How about the spiniards? YOU LIE!!! As long as Hutus and Tutsis do not sit down and talk, forget about reconciliation. It is like building a house on a sand!! We are tired of this game of cat and mouse!!! DIALOGUE IS WHAT RWANDA NEEDS NOT GUNS OR MACHETTES.

  17. September 20, 2009 at 13:09

    The whole world have come to know about the Rwandan genocide and reconceliation there after. Yet there are others in different parts of this world who have not learnt any lesson from events in Rwanda. It would be a good thing for the world if we could look back at the attrocities and adopt ways which could allow us live side by side in peace as one human family. I do appreciate the direction the stake holders in Rwanda have taken and encourage them furge ahead.

  18. 18 Tom D Ford
    September 21, 2009 at 17:17

    This was a very good program, WHYS.

    I wanted to comment on it last Friday but my computer crashed before I could.

    I just listened. It was very intense and it is clear that things are not back to a healthy normal in Rwanda yet.

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