Rwanda remembers: African nation marks 25 years since genocide

The Heat

The three-month killing spree began in April of 1994, and at the end of the genocide about a tenth of the country had been wiped out.

Decades later, generations of Rwandans bear the scars of the country’s dark past, but they’ve also vowed to rebuild and rise again. Rwanda today is politically stable and economically strong.

President Paul Kagame is largely credited with the country’s transformation.
However, some critics view Kagame as an authoritarian leader with an intolerance for dissent.
As Rwanda remembers its past and looks to its future, The Heat talks to a genocide survivor, whose story of heroism in the face of unspeakable tragedy was immortalized in the Oscar-nominated film, Hotel Rwanda.

CGTN’s Anand Naidoo spoke with Paul Rusesabagina, the founder of the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation.

The Heat continues the conversation about Rwanda, 25 years after the genocide with its panel.

Jacqueline Murekatete is the Founder and President of the Genocide Survivors Foundation

David Simon is Director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University

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