Every year on April 7, Rwanda commemorates the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Two years ago after a series of discussions with concerned organizations such as CNLG, IBUKA, Media High Council and Orinfor, the Government stopped the airing of dismal Genocide images and videos.
This was on the basis that repeatedly watching these images victimized and traumatized viewers.
This is word on the streets on whether Genocide images and videos should be aired.
“I don’t see any reason why Genocide images should not be aired because even the little ones who were left behind by the time Genocide occurred have grown up.”
Kitoko, Local Musician.
“I think all the images that are aired tell a story of what happened but before showing them, an announcement should be made so that parents can have time to guide children on what is going to be aired.”
Josephine Uwizeye, Kicukiro Resident.
“There is no need of showing these horrific Genocide images because several young people find it hard to manage this information of a crisis they once encountered.”
Florent Ndutiye, News Reporter, Radio 10.
“Genocide images should be aired because it is the only chance to tell people about what happened during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. However, some content is not suitable for young children.”
Dian Mukundwa, SFB Student.