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Rwandan Jesuit will talk about the nation’s healing process, 25 years after genocide

The Rev. Marcel Uwineza, SJNearly a quarter of a century after genocide ravaged the east-central African nation of Rwanda, the country has made a comeback on economic, educational, and technological fronts.

But Rwanda still faces challenges when it comes to human rights and reconciliation in the aftermath of the nation’s four-year civil war and the 1994 mass murder of nearly a million members of the Tutsi ethnic group. A generation after the genocide, the country continues to grapple with its legacy and how best to commemorate victims of the slaughter while appealing for healing and unity.

Tuesday, March 20, Creighton University will host the Rev. Marcel Uwineza, SJ, a genocide survivor and Jesuit priest from Rwanda, as he delivers a lecture on the current humanitarian and social landscape of his native land. The lecture, “Post-Genocide Rwanda: Challenges and Hopes” will take place in the Skutt Student Center, Room 105, at 5:30 p.m.

Fr. Uwineza is particularly interested in the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and human rights and international politics, and has published several articles on memory, justice, reconciliation, human development, and the Church in the context of post-genocide Rwanda.

In a 2016 article for America magazine, Fr. Uwineza wrote: “More than 20 years later, the country has experienced great healing; and improvements in government, the economy, community, technology and education have given many people reason to hope. So, has the sun shone again on Rwanda? The answer is indeed, yes! We hope that it will continue to shine in the hearts of the people and leaders as we continue to reconcile with one another. But economic success will not be enough if hearts are not healed and remain divided.”

The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society, the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, and the African Studies Program at Creighton. Inquiries can be directed to Colleen Hastings (

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