My time in Rwanda was spent documenting coffee workers. Coffee sales makes up 60% of all Rwandan exports and the industry was heavily invested in after the genocide to stabilise the economy and get the country back on track. Through coffee many families are now living better lives than they were post 1994. The economy is growing steadily and there are more children in education than ever before. It is vital to keep the Kigali Genocide Memorial open so new generations can be taught of the horrors humans can inflict if educated and informed in the wrong ways.
To find out more about the coffee in Rwanda and the people involved you can read this article I wrote for The Independent on the subject.
Kigali genocide memorial
The proceeds of the sales of these prints will be going to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a charity that was set up to ensure the events of 1994 in Rwanda never happen again. They do this through education, not only teaching about the events that happened in their own country, but looking at the causes and effects the numerous genocides that have happened over the past 100 years.
There is a visitor centre for students and those wishing to understand the events leading up to the events of 1994. The centre is a permanent memorial to those 1,000,000 people who fell victim to the genocide and serves as a place in which the bereaved could bury their family and friends. 250,000 people are actually buried there and it is therefore a vital place for Rwandan healing as a nation.
To enquire about volunteering with the Kigali Genocide Memorial, please fill out the form below.