New IWitness Activities Focus on Rwandan Genocide Experience

Monday March 31, 2014

Students and teachers can commemorate April’s Genocide Awareness Month and the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide by completing two new IWitness activities.

The Information Quest The Genocide Against the Tutsis in Rwanda introduces students in grades 8-10 to the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide, which claimed the lives of 800,000 people in three months, and to the concept of genocide as a whole. Through this activity, students will learn about the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda specifically, the history of genocide generally, and the stages of genocide. They will also be introduced to testimony of eyewitnesses who survived.

This activity was originally constructed for use in classroom pilots of IWitness in Kigali, Rwanda, with colleagues from the Kigali Genocide Memorial. It is now being made available to students all around the world.

The Information Quest Kizito Kalima allows students in grades 6-12 to view and reflect on a selected experience from Rwandan Tutsi Genocide survivor Kizito Kalima’s testimony. Here, students will watch selections from the Kalima’s testimony and through his story learn about the experience of surviving genocide.

Teachers may also be interested in the related downloadable lesson "'If You Survive, Be a Man': Teaching the 1994 Rwandan Genocide of the Tutsis" on the USC Shoah Foundation website for

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