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Rwanda, land of women

After the genocide, Rwanda has developed into a model country - mainly thanks to the women who are successful in politics and business. The "360 ° - GEO Report" on Saturday (December 12th)

A film by Dirk Laabs

Fifteen years ago Rwanda was the scene of one of the most terrible crimes in human history when the majority in the country, the Hutu, hunted down the minority who made the Tutsi. A genocide that killed over a million people. Today Rwanda is a model for all of Africa. No other country on the continent has written a comparable success story in recent years and has changed so dramatically. And that under such bad conditions. Rwanda is no longer the poorest country in Africa, it has stabilized politically. This development is primarily the work of the women of Rwanda. They have advanced the country economically and contributed to the reconciliation between Tutsi and Hutu.

Epiphany Mukashyaka is a successful business woman. Today she has a turnover of over one million US dollars with her company "BUF-Kaffee". It buys coffee beans all over the region, processes them and exports the goods all over the world. She relies on gourmet coffee, which has to be harvested particularly carefully. It wasn't easy. Epiphany Mukashyaka has been a widow since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Her husband and one of her children were murdered by Hutu forces during the genocide. Despite years of hardship and political turmoil in the post-war period, the 52-year-old Tutsi managed to raise her remaining children healthy. All of them even went to college. It seems like a miracle that normal business life is possible in Rwanda today: Peoples who fought brutally a few years ago are gradually finding their way back to peaceful coexistence, to a life together. Women like Epiphany Mukashyaka play an important role in this. Most of the people who work for the Tutsi businesswoman are Hutu.

The theater maker and author Hope Azeda takes a different approach to coming to terms with the past, she is staging a play about the genocide in Rwanda's capital Kigali. In their opinion, Hutu and Tutsi can only come to terms with the traumatic past sustainably if people continue to deal with the genocide.

360 ° - GEO Reportage shows the everyday life of different women in Rwanda. They do most of the work and keep developing the fertile land. You are successful in business and educate yourself. Rwanda's women are now the guarantors of peace and have been the pillars of the country since the genocide.

360 ° - GEO Reportage visited the strong women in Rwanda.

Fact Sheet: Rwanda, land of women

  • Fifteen years after the terrible genocide in Rwanda, almost one hundred thousand perpetrators are still in custody
  • The "Genocidaire", as the murderers are called, killed nearly a million Tutsi in just 100 days
  • Today the small African country is doing better
  • The women are rebuilding Rwanda
  • The new international understanding even goes so far that the widows of the victims and the wives of the perpetrators work together in the same field


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