100 Messages of Hope

In 1994 the Genocide in Rwanda claimed almost one million lives over a three-month period. The Messages of Hope initiative records messages from survivors of the genocide expressing their hope for the future, both for themselves and their country.

Ubuhamya Bw'icyizere -
Kinyarwanda for 'messages of hope'

People tend to associate Rwanda solely with the horrors of the Genocide. 100 Messages of Hope helps transform that perception by showing Rwandan survivors sharing powerful and inspiring messages of hope with people throughout the world.

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Hope after the genocide is about creating a safe place in which people can live without fear while rebuilding a human relatedness that has been deeply fragmented, and where the possibility of a shared future can be envisioned.

Hope is the antidote to despair. For hope to be a positive influence, the balance between hope and despair must be such that it can sustain the well-being of individuals as well as the development of their communities.

Despair weakens a person's ability to imagine a positive future and move towards it, but when hope is enhanced the momentum towards a better future will grow. People with hope are more open and capable of seeing a future for themselves and their nation, and hope can in turn enhance reconciliation between individuals and communities.

A safe and prosperous future for all peoples is possible, yet such a future depends on the strength of hope. Put simply, for any nation to prosper hope needs to be present in its individuals as well as its communities.

Supported and sponsored by the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) in Rwanda