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In building genocide memorials, Rwanda is refusing to let go unrecognized the victims of genocide, the Country is tirelessly committed to rebuild and restore the remnants of the 1994Tutsi’s genocide.
Through pictures, graphics and photographs, genocide memorials talk, communicate a message to the community, the population reads and interprets differently the messages.
The community’s interpretation is often influenced by personal experiences and by social, cultural, political and religious environments.
The way the community reads and interprets the message influence their social cohesion.
This empirical research used the functionalist theory with its manifest and latent functions that prompted the pre-defined and non-recognized functions of genocide memorials from the community perspective.
Ten genocide memorials have been sampled to explore the community perceptions and understandings of Rwanda Genocide memorials.
Those symbols communicate a nonviolent message that assist Rwandans to improve their social fabrics, on the other side, they communicate a violent message that complex the community cohesion,they are multifaceted symbols.
Rev Dr Appoline Kabera Bazubagira is a Sociologist, Alumnus of KwaZulu Natal University.
She is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Kigali, engaged in Community Transformation as a Peace Builder among vulnerable families and children.
Her research interests is in sustainable community development, healing of memories and education
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