Journal of Undergraduate Research

The Power of Perseverance: The Untold Stories of the Rwandan Genocide and Beyond


perseverance, untold stories, Rwandan genocide


Family, Home, and Social Sciences




The civil war in Rwanda and genocide that accompanied it are perhaps the most horrifying examples of brutality and violence displayed in the latter half of the twentieth century. The genocide, which is believed to have claimed the lives of more than eight hundred thousand Rwandans in just one hundred days was observed by the world at large with minimal intervention or action. In the years following the war, the few stories that have publicized the events of 1994 tend to highlight death and destruction rather than the determination and resolve of those who fought to not only survive but thrive in the aftermath of the calamity.

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