Calvary

A guest post by Lindsey Hilsum, Patron of Survivors Fund (SURF). It is the season of remembrance.  On Saturday May 5th I went to the Sainte Famille Church in central Kigali to meet a group of some 200 genocide survivors … Continue Reading »

Justice

Address of David Russell, Director of Survivors Fund (SURF), at The Berkshire Rwandese Community Event at Reading Civic Centre to mark the 19th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi, 11th April 2013  Never before in modern history … Continue Reading »

Accountability

‘Never again’ means ensuring accountability for the genocide in Rwanda.  Rwanda has made significant steps in the pursuit of justice for victims of the genocide 19 years ago. But many suspected perpetrators living abroad have not been brought to justice … Continue Reading »

Commemoration

Survivors Fund (SURF) has supported a number of commemoration events in the UK, and further afield too, to mark the 19th Anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi. We supported the commemoration event of members of the Rwandan community living … Continue Reading »

Study Tour

Last Thursday, 96 of the participants on the Widowed Survivors Empowerment Project (WSEP), funded by the UK Department for International Development, traveled from around Rwanda to meet in AVEGA East to partake in study tours. Every one of the 32 income-generating … Continue Reading »

Support

An excerpt from  Supporting Survivors of Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities: EU Responsibilities by Noam Schimmel, published by the Huffington Post   Given the extensive role of EU national aid agencies in funding development aid programs careful consideration must be … Continue Reading »

IWD 2013

Today (8th March) is International Women’s Day (IWD). The UN theme for IWD 2013 is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” The survivors of the genocide in 1994 are disproportionately women and girls, as … Continue Reading »

Self-reliance

The National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) have announced that the theme for the 19th anniversary commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda will be kwigira (self-reliance). Fostering self-reliance for genocide survivors is the bedrock on … Continue Reading »

Acquittals

IBUKA condemns the immediate release of Justin Mugenzi and Prosper Mugiraneza. The two former ministers of the Government of Rwanda at the time of the genocide in April 1994, had been previously convicted of conspiracy to commit genocide and direct … Continue Reading »

United Nations

“The international community failed Rwanda, and that must leave us always with a sense of bitter regret and abiding sorrow.  If the international community had acted promptly and with determination, it could have stopped most of the killing.  But the … Continue Reading »