Murdoch University academics have helped the Rwandan Government to mark the 16th Commemoration of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide in Kigali, Rwanda on April 7.
Associate Professor Mick Broderick from the School of Media Communication and Culture and Dr Angela Ebert from the School of Psychology presented a 10 minute video featuring survivor's messages of hope to a gathering of 20,000 mourners and international dignitaries in the National Stadium.
The Messages of Hope video resulted from a partnership between Murdoch University and Rwandan agencies.
“We wanted to demonstrate how many genocide survivors have sought to overcome the burden of trauma of genocide and gone on to lead fulfilling lives, making important contributions in Rwanda and throughout the world,” Professor Broderick said.
“The messages are intended to acknowledge ongoing pain and suffering but also to celebrate the achievements of survivors, without reopening old wounds.
“There is no better way to demonstrate that an attempted genocide has failed than to show that survivors have thrived against the odds,” he said.
The video was also screened live on Rwandan national television.
The project is sponsored by Murdoch’s Social Research Institute and the Institute for Media, Creative Arts and Information Technologies.