Sindy Kohuth [far left]
Sindy Kohuth is a German
native who received her secondary education in Hungary, and will
be receiving a Bachelors degree in International Studies from
the City College of New York. Sindy has special interest in women’s
rights and completed an internship in the summer of 2003, with
The Ministry of Gender and Women in Development in Kigali. She
is current completing her Senior Thesis, which in part is based
on the recently reformed matrimonial regimes and succession law
in Rwanda. Sindy is going to pursue her M.A in history this upcoming
Lincoln is a graduate
of The City College of New York and received his Baccalaureate
degree in Economics. He interned with the Rwandan Ministry
of Finance in the Summer of 2003, and assisted with the
completion of the Poverty alleviation Strategy Progress
Report. Lincoln has also worked in Ethiopia with Catholic
Relief Services, and has recently been accepted for a Summer
internship in former President Clinton’s Office.
Thodleen is an International
Studies and a Political Science major with interests in
International Law and Diplomacy. Thodleen who aspires to
play a role in formulating and implementing policy changes
in her home country of Haiti, interned at the National Black
Caucus of State Legislators where her most important contribution
was among other things, to help develop the NBCSL’s
third and final conference on African Americans and Energy.
Thodleen also has a special interest in conflict resolution,
and she is currently writing her thesis on restorative justice.
A Personal Statement
By: Maggie Baingana
as an attorney and legal research assistant for the former prosecutor
general Gahima Gerald. I left Rwanda to pursue further studies
in the United States in order to be better equipped to participate
in the rebuilding process of my country. I received a partial
Scholarship from the Government of Rwanda and the University of
the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. I'm currently studying for
a master of laws degree in Government Law and policy at McGeroge
School of Law in California.
It has been 10 years after the genocide and
the improvements in the country are remarkable. Rwanda is now
the safest country in East Africa in terms of security. There
has been marked economic growth, the national courts have been
able to complete about 5,000 genocide cases, some prisoners have
been released and are now back in their communities working to
be productive citizens of the country. The government has established
community courts called the Gacaca, where the people adjudicate
and participate in the justice process; people are now learning
to live together again. There are no more ethnic distinctions,
everyone is respected and treated the same. Rwanda now has the
highest number of women parliamentarians in the whole world. The
government is now establishing universal primary education for
all, and there is a new constitution in place, which is the guarantor
of respect of human rights and rule of law. Last year we held
the first democratic presidential elections in Rwanda since independence.
While there is always room for improvement,
I believe that Rwanda is on the right track. With time and resources
all these wonderful programs that have been initiated will be
improved, and those still underway will be established and implemented.
What we need to do now is to work on improving the image of Rwanda
abroad. All talk about Rwanda is genocide. That is not all there
is about that country. It is one of the most beautiful and fertile
countries in Africa; it has a rich culture and a variety of natural
resources. It has six spectacular volcanoes, twenty-three lakes
and numerous rivers; some forming the source of the great River
Nile. It has dense tropical forests, gentle hills, calm lakes
and a wonderful climate. With continued security, rule of law
and respect of human rights, Rwanda will continue to be the heart
beat of African.
received her degree in law in Rwanda and worked as an attorney
and legal research assistant for the former prosecutor general
Gahima Gerald in Kigali. She recently left Rwanda to pursue further
studies in the United States in order to be better equipped to
participate in the rebuilding process of her country. She is currently
enrolled at the McGeorge School of Law where she is pursuing a
Masters of law degree in policy. Maggie is looking forward to
getting married this upcoming August.
Piaget Francis was born
in Jamaica and has been living in New York for eight years. He
is a B.A-M.A. psychology student at City College of New York.
He is particularly interested in the psychological components
of forgiveness and reconciliation. This summer Piaget will be
returning to Rwanda to research his forgiveness and reconciliation
theory. Piaget is also a Collin Powell Fellow and an Undergraduate
Student Government representative.
go to Kagitumba or Kigali?
Anne Mazimhaka has
been living and working in Kigali, Rwanda for the past year
and a half. A child of the Rwandan Diaspora, she was born
in Uganda, raised in Kenya and Canada and first went to
Rwanda in 1995 when her family returned after years in exile.
She holds a BA in Political Science (International Relations)
from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and an LLB in
Law (International Human Rights Law) from the School of
Oriental and African Studies in London, UK, where she worked
with Survivor’s Fund, a charity aimed at helping Genocide
Survivors in Rwanda and the UK. She is a co-founder of the
Nyampinga Foundation, a non-profit organization formed by
a group of students and young professionals that provides
volunteers to organizations and institutions that aid vulnerable
and disadvantaged children and youth. For more information,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.