Episode 5 – Kaneza Theogone – Survivor and Peacemaker

Hello again, curious people!

In the previous episodes, we’ve focused on arts and literature and their role in the context of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. But in this episode, we had the special chance to conduct an interview with Kaneza Theogone, a pastor, peacemaker, educator, and surivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi who currently lives in Rwanda. 

In speaking with Kaneza, we were touched by his openness towards the subject of his experiences before, during, and after genocide. In the interview, Kaneza expands on his school education before the genocide and the discrimination against the Tutsis, the murder of his entire family, how he was personally able to survive the genocide, his loss of and return to faith, and his own process of forgiveness. We also briefly discuss a unique and significant element of Rwanda’s national reconciliation process: the gacaca courts.

Kaneza’s insights into his personal experience during the genocide, as well as his account of his process of working through trauma and moving towards forgiveness and reconciliation, is incredibly moving. It’s rare to come into contact with someone who so clearly exudes a deep sense of love and peace. It’s also very inspiring to hear Kaneza speak about how Rwanda has changed since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. We hope you will enjoy joining us in our discussion with Kaneza!


Music: This episode features the song “Acoustic guitar rythm with maracas” by maurolop (Intro) and “Guitar loop 1l43” by Setuniman (Outro) available under CC BY-NC 3.0 license.

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