A New Generation Is Born

Aftermath souls in a growing and reshaping country

In 1994 the genocide in Rwanda created 400,000 orphans, with many born in refugee camps. The loss of their parents deeply affected the lives of these children and the adults who survived.

How did the generation born in Rwanda between 1994 and 1999 grow up, as the country sought to forget its tragic past? How did these boys and girls, now between 20 and 25 years of age, come to terms with the experience of genocide? What are their hopes for their future and the future of their country?

In the Rwanda of today young people must deal with a situation that offers few job opportunities once they have left school. Some dream of setting up in business on their own, others would like to devote themselves to helping the community avoid repeating the nightmares of the past while many resign themselves to a life of manual work.

In the post-genocide generation, 560,000 graduates are unemployed and survive through casual work. Others open small shops attracted by the wealth generated by huge government investment programmes in tourism. However, in a country where 80% of the economy is still based on subsistence agriculture there are few opportunities, and those that do exist are only available to a small section of the population.

For many of these young people their experiences have left a still-open wound, making them insecure and suspicious of one another.

( 2018 )