‘In their greatest hour of need, the world failed the people of Rwanda’
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. On April 6 1994 a plane carrying the Rwandan and Burundian president was shot down. A group of Tutsi rebels were blamed for the assassination of the Hutu president. On the morning of April 7 1994, orders went out across Rwanda to carry out a wave of killings against the Tutsis. The conflict continued for 100 days. Throughout this torturous ordeal 800,000 people were murdered, 500,000 women were raped, and an estimated 20,000 children were born as a result of these rapes.
Set within the Herbert's Peace and Reconciliation gallery, 100 Days: The Rwandan Genocide Twenty Years Later explores the origins, duration, and aftermath of one of the darkest periods in Africa’s history. Using photographic, digital and installation works from a selection of international contemporary artists the exhibition gives voice to the women who lived through the conflict. It addresses the difficult subject of sexual violence by examining concepts of survival, bravery, acceptance and empowerment.