Dialogue Rwanda is a method applied in the Rwanda Post-Genocide Reconciliation project. It is described as a common meeting place for youth from different sides of the Rwanda conflict. A place where Tutsi and Hutu are given the opportunity to understand their counterpart’s point of view through conversation. It creates a neutral arena, where they feel free to speak their minds without fear of retribution.
In workshops, participants get to know each other as individuals and fellow human beings, rather than, as opponents or representatives of the enemy. Through game-based learning: trust, mutual respect and the ability to listen are established before engaging with workshops materials and constructive dialogue on difficult and emotional topics.
Dialogue Rwanda is an important process in Rwanda Post-Genocide Reconciliation. It will open doors to a genuine reconciliation and help Rwandans to understand the meaning and the importance of truth telling, justice, healing and non-violent communication, which have a positive impact in influencing the public opinion on power sharing, participatory democracy, peace-building and human rights.
Further, it is an inclusive process, which seeks to bring together a diverse set of voices to create a microcosm of the larger society. It is not just about sitting around a table, but changing the way Hutu and Tutsi talk, think and communicate with one another; necessary to develop the will to address the root causes of Hutu vs Tutsi conflict, not just the symptoms on the surface.