Healing Like Men

Current Affairs / Coverage 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide
Project Overview
Up to a million people were killed in the Rwandan genocide which took place within a 100-day period in 1994. The vast majority of the perpetrators were men. Now, 25 years later, some of them are meeting survivors to work through their trauma together.
My Contributions
Correspondent: Melanie Cura Daball
Producer: Deutsche Welle (DW)
Camera: Michael Robert Munyore
Short Documentary
Director & Producer
Apr 2019
Men in particular, subjected to destructive stereotypes and toxic concepts of masculinity, have struggled to seek help in dealing with their trauma.

In this community based social therapy group in Rwanda's countryside, the towns' male population has found a way to overcome debilitating rules of manhood. In their meetings they work on their psychological well-beings, they learn to forgive themselves and each other and foster unity and reconciliation on the grass root level.

Both perpetrators and survivors are still healing from the psychological wounds inflicted during Rwanda's darkest times, the 1994 Genocide in which up to a million people lost their lives in a killing spree that lasted no longer than just 100 days.

A quarter century later, the shadows and horrors of Rwanda's past still lingers in every corner of the country.