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 »


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 »


A guest post by Noam Schimmel, from an article from Huffington Post – Bisesero: The Hill of Resistance It is a 62 odd kilometer loop between the town of Kibuye and Bisesero, a ride that on the back of a motorbike feels … Continue Reading »


Noam Schimmel, a leading academic on the situation of survivors of the genocide in Rwanda, published this week a vital follow-up piece to his recent op-ed article in the Huffington Post, expounding on arguments for “Creating a UN Trust Fund … Continue Reading »

UN Trust Fund

A guest blog post by Noam Schimmel, from an article published today on Huffington Post – A UN Trust Fund for Rwandan Genocide Survivors: An Urgent Need The 18th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide was commemorated in April in Rwanda … Continue Reading »


A guest post by Noam Schimmel, a special advisor to Survivors Fund (SURF): The first day of the Jewish holiday of Passover this year falls on the anniversary of the first day of the Rwandan genocide of the Tutsi. How … Continue Reading »

Remembering the Survivors

Remembering the Survivors of Genocide in Rwanda by Noam Schimmel is a remarkable call to action. Published by Dissent Magazine, the article sets out the importance of expressing more than platitudes and consolations for survivors, but the importance of material … Continue Reading »



One of the great benefits of my job as Director of Survivors Fund (SURF) is the opportunity to meet an array of supporters of our work. Over the past ten days, then I have enjoyed three such meetings: Last week, I … Continue Reading »

Claims and contentions

A number of articles of late have raised awareness of the lack of support that survivors in Rwanda have received, and continue to receive, from international development agencies. In yesterday’s Observer, there is a fascinating profile of the Dutch writer Linda … Continue Reading »

Sixteen years on

Sixteen years on from the genocide in Rwanda and there remain many challenges for survivors. Most pressing for widowed survivors is lack of adequate shelter, and for orphaned survivors difficulty in completing their education. A shared challenge for all survivors … Continue Reading »