Rwanda Reconciliation Village in Bugesera District
The Rwanda reconciliation village is located one hour’s drive from the capital of Kigali, Mbyo Reconciliation Village is where perpetrators and victims, murderers and survivors, Hutus and Tutsis, are neighbors. Neighbors murdered their neighbors twenty years ago-a mass murder that destroyed Rwandan society in the Rwandan Genocide that refers to the 1994 mass slaughter in Rwanda of the ethnic Tutsi and politically moderate Hutu people. The killings began in early April of 1994 and continued for approximately one hundred days until the Hutu Power movement’s defeat in mid-July. Take a visit to the reconciliation village’s true history – a traditional history full of genocide massacres, sufferings, crime and scandal and today’s life.
The genocide did not only take human lives, it destroyed the livelihoods of many families. Victims couldn’t return to their villages. Perpetrators who have been in prison didn’t have a place to go, so officials created six Reconciliation Villages including Mbyo where 60 families are living currently. Join us for this exclusive tour of Mbyo’s treacherous past. Our licensed and experienced tour guides will take you on a fascinating tour of Mbyo reconciliation village.
Prison Fellowship Rwanda- The nonprofit organization started with 15 houses to see if they could live together and it worked and since then it supports the villagers. Mukamana works with other women to create small pieces of art which they sell at the market. There is a dancing chorus of survivors and offenders, and a cooperative. A guided authentic visit to Mbyo makes it possible to understand this unique place more fully. This requires at least a day to experience dramatic authenticity of this place that lends exceptional significance to the tourism activities carried out here, stretching between the tragedies of genocide and vexing contemporary problems.
Take this guided tour to Mbyo-Listen to victims and perpetrators talk about their experiences, their feelings and emotions. Acquire a proper sense of the place through actively engagement in different activities ranging from agricultural related to interaction with locals, acquiring cooking and weaving lessons from locals to “get together party” with all community members in a reconciliation village. Wonder at the grittiness, its resilience, beauty and love for Rwanda people-how they turn every social interaction into an excuse for a party with friends that mistreated each other during the turmoil.
Become a psychotherapist and help someone to conquer post-traumatic stress disorder during the trip. Together with International Alert- NGO that supports villagers in reconciliation, Socialize, taste their traditional yummy dishes and drinks, meet warm and genuine people, get entertained from a local dance troupe that explorer you to the different traditional dance styles showing beauty of the cows and the Rwandese-its relatively undiscovered perfect destination.