25 years after the last genocide of the 20th century, Rwanda is starting to shine on the African and international scene. Forgiveness and reconciliation are the foundations of this development. A huge amount of support work has been carried out with the population to go beyond the traumas of the events of 1994 and live together in Rwanda of today.


The youth is also one of the country’s priority, as 60% of the population is under 25 years old. They are children of exiles, children of perpetrators of genocide, children of survivors, young people born as a result of rape and carriers of HIV, or orphans of the genocide. They live together despite their personal stories. In addition to this heavy heritage they carry, they have to find solutions to cope with unemployment, poverty, and expensive education... In the last years, public and private organizations have started to focus more on youth, specifically in promoting critical-thinking, Mental Health and the role of youth in generating Peace values in their communities.

After spending more than ten weeks with the Rwandan youth, I draw in this project the portrait of a youth who is optimistic about its future, aware of the effort it must make for the country's development, but does not always accept its past, despite the government's efforts for unity.

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