Harwood Students Visiting Rwanda
Harwood Students Visiting Rwanda

Green Mountain Global Forum will host native Rwandan photographer Jean Luc Dushime, Vermont Folk Life Center's Ned Castle, Harwood teacher Steve Rand, and students who have just returned from the Rwanda Student Travel Study Program. The group will discuss Rwandan history and recovery through stories, photography, and media projects.

In the 1990's, Rwanda experienced a genocidal mass slaughter of two occupational groups—the Tutsi and moderate Hutu—by members of the Hutu majority. In just 100 days, an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed, constituting as much as 20% of the country's total population and 70% of the Tutsi then living in Rwanda.

Over the last decade, while struggling to heal and rebuild, Rwanda has been able to grow its economy at an average rate of 8% per year. It is currently considered the best place in Africa to start a business, according to the World Trade Organization. Millions have pulled out of poverty, maternal and child mortality rates have dropped dramatically, and health care coverage is nearly universal.

The evening will help to frame our understanding of the local-global connection between Rwanda and Vermont. We will learn what our students do there, how they contribute to the Rwandan communities they visit, and what they take away from their experience. In addition, the evening aims to address the issue of genocide as it pertains to Rwanda as well as raise questions about other areas of the world where genocide looms.

Rwanda Poster

Venue: The Big Picture, 7 p.m. start. This is a free event and open to the public.