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Kigali [Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

Rwanda’s landscape is still changing after the official ending of the community court system of gacaca and the continued process of justice and reconciliation amongst its people.

Around two million people went through the gacaca system which was established to help try the many people accused of killings in the 1994 genocide. The gacaca, or justice on the grass, saw gatherings of the community in villages meet outside once a week to hear the accused and give evidence on what they saw.

With the official ending of the gacaca six years ago, Rwanda still faces many challenges on the path to healing and unity within its communities and women play a vital role in reconciliation and rebuilding. Rwanda remains top in the world as the nation with the highest number of women in Parliament with 64% in its Chamber of Deputies. National and grassroots initiatives have sprung up across Rwanda to help rebuild a nation which was ripped apart in 100 days in 1994 where Hutu militia massacred 800,000 Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus. …

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Read our story map about our latest trip to Dunkirk

Just Shelter is a community of people helping refugees through direct aid, hospitality, advocacy and sharing their stories to promote awareness of their human right to a home and quality of life.

I compiled a story map of the trip. Read our stories below:

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Here are some examples of my articles and blog posts.

My blog post for Minority Rights Group International on a photography exhibition showing refugee and migrant experiences.

I interviewed some women from Rwanda who are involved in the on-going process of community reconciliaition and rebuilding in Kigali after the 1994 genocide.

My take on the crisis affecting the Rohingya in Myanmar and how the international community should respond.

In my role as Volunteer Communications Officer for Swansea City of Sanctuary, I covered events during Refugee Week Wales (I am cited as author at the end of the article).

For Swansea City of Sanctuary I covered an event whereby the Deputy Lord Mayor welcomed refugees to Swansea. …

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A group of Rohingya refugees walk towards Bangladesh near to the border. Photograph: Reuters

An escalation in violence within Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine has caused over 50,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee towards Bangladesh in the past week, according to the UN. The latest situation, sparked by insurgent attacks on Rakhine police, has seen a widespread crackdown in response from Myanmar’s military with reports of Rohingya fleeing burning villages and almost 400 killed. The international community should place pressure on the Myanmar government to protect the Rohingya and to immediately act upon recent recommendations made by the Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The latest upsurge in violence was triggered on August 25th when security guards were killed by Rohingya militants in a coordinated attack. This attack echoes an increase in violence that happened last October where militants attacked police posts and killed 9 guards. …


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