WBEZ | rwanda http://www.wbez.org/tags/rwanda Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Remembering the Rwandan genocide http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-07/remembering-rwandan-genocide-109980 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Rwanda.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Twenty years ago today marks the beginning of one of the worst genocides of the 20th century. Estimates put the dead from the 100-day slaughter at close to one million people. We deconstruct what happened with former General Romeo Dallaire, head of U.N. peacekeepers in Rwanda in 1994.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-remembering-the-rwandan-genocide/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-remembering-the-rwandan-genocide.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-remembering-the-rwandan-genocide" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Remembering the Rwandan genocide" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-07/remembering-rwandan-genocide-109980 Protests continue in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-03/protests-continue-ukraine-109626 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Ukraine photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Viktor Yanukovych returned to work in Ukraine on Monday after taking a four-day sick leave. Despite his absence, protesters continued to demand his resignation. We&#39;ll get an update from Kiev.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-protests-continue/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-protests-continue.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-protests-continue" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Ukraine's protests continue" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-03/protests-continue-ukraine-109626 NSA roundup and UN intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-02/nsa-roundup-and-un-intervention-democratic-republic-congo-107928 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP195268182531 (1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>DER SPIEGEL senior Washington correspondent Gregor Peter Schmitz elaborates on the magazine&#39;s recent reports on NSA spying. Friends of the Congo&#39;s Kambale Musavuli discusses what impact UN troops can have in the Democratic Republic of Congo.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F99409587&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-nsa-roundup-and-un-intervention-in-the-d.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-nsa-roundup-and-un-intervention-in-the-d" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: NSA roundup and UN intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-02/nsa-roundup-and-un-intervention-democratic-republic-congo-107928 Global Activism: Elizabeth Powley delivers secondary education to kids in Burundi and Rwanda http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-elizabeth-powley-delivers-secondary-education-kids-burundi <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Every%20Child%20little%202.jpg" title="(Courtesy of Elizabeth Powley/Every Child is My Child)" /></div><p>It&rsquo;s time for our&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a></em> series. Each Thursday, we hear about a person who&rsquo;s decided to work to make the world a better place.</p><p>And former high school teacher, Elizabeth Powley, believes that &ldquo;every child has the right to learn.&rdquo; And she has a special love for the children of Africa&rsquo;s Great Lakes region. Elizabeth is founder of <a href="http://www.everychildismychild.org/">Every Child is My Child</a>, an all-volunteer non-profit organization that funds education for children in Burundi and Rwanda. And she envisions a world in which &ldquo;every girl and boy in Africa has access to secondary school.&rdquo;</p></div><p>Elizabeth is also very busy as executive director of Heartland Alliance International, and they&rsquo;re part of <a href="http://www.heartlandalliance.org/">Heartland Alliance</a>, the Chicago-based group that for well over a century has helped endangered populations &mdash; particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced.</p><p><strong>Elizabeth Powley shares how her group is making a difference:</strong></p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">More than 70% of the students we&rsquo;re working with are the first in their families to go beyond 6th grade. When they graduate, more than 90% of them will be first in their families to graduate from high school.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">By guaranteeing that all qualified students from a partner community can get a secondary education, we are changing the way children and their families plan for and envision their future. Families can redirect limited resources to other needs (housing, food, agriculture). Children can relax and study, knowing that their scholastic efforts will bring results. Communities will see an entire generation of students educated &ndash; for the first time &ndash; beyond the elementary school level.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">We&rsquo;re creating a community-based model that we hope will advance the policy conversation about education in Africa from &ldquo;universal primary&rdquo; to &ldquo;universal secondary.&rdquo; Rwanda is already headed in that direction; it recently made &ldquo;basic 9&rdquo; the new standard. We&rsquo;d like to be a part of a movement that sees all of Africa adopt &ldquo;basic 12&rdquo; as the new standard.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Since 2007, we&rsquo;ve funded hundreds of years of secondary education. Graduates of Ngenda, Nyacyonga, and Mageyo are now studying at secondary schools (boarding schools) all over Rwanda and Burundi. In just a couple years, the first class from Mageyo School that Every Child started with will be graduating high school.</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-elizabeth-powley-delivers-secondary-education-kids-burundi College president who hired Rwandan professor accused of genocide tries to uncover truth http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/college-president-who-hired-rwandan-professor-accused-genocide-tries-uncover-truth <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP10090611527.jpg" title="The president of Rwanda Paul Kagame, raises his hand as he takes oath of office , during his inauguration in Kigali, Rwanda, Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. (AP/John Liebenberg)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">When the <a href="http://scholarrescuefund.org/pages/intro.php">Scholar Rescue Fund</a> suggested that Leopold Munyakazi, a former political prisoner in his native Rwanda, come to Maryland to teach French at <a href="http://www.goucher.edu/" target="_blank">Goucher College</a> in 2008, the school president Sanford Ungar welcomed him with open arms, thinking it would boost Goucher&rsquo;s liberal arts bona fides.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>In a <a href="http://nymag.com/news/features/leopold-munyakazi-goucher-2012-7/" target="_blank">recent article</a> for <em>New York </em>magazine, Ungar writes that bringing academics like Munyakazi was an &ldquo;increasingly fashionable way for colleges and universities to give shelter to intellectuals from around the globe threatened by government repression, civil strife, war or the pinch of intellectual and political cultures less accommodating than their own.&rdquo;</p><p>He continues: &ldquo;We flattered ourselves that we had done that rare thing, a purely good deed, striking a blow for the cause of intellectual freedom while bringing an honorable man to campus.&rdquo;</p><p>To be sure, Munyakazi brought attention to the school but of a different kind: He was arrested and accused of links to the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The allegations caused a <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,488764,00.html" target="_blank">minor media storm</a> four years ago, including, notoriously, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/11/business/media/11network.html?pagewanted=all">NBC</a>.</p><p>Munyakazi strongly denies any wrongdoing. No formal charges have ever been filed, but he lost his job at Goucher over the controversy. While he remains in Maryland, Munyakazi has struggled to make ends meet ever since.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F55515512&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Today on <em>Worldview, </em>Ungar shares his quest to uncover the truth about Leopold Munyakazi and examines what his case says about the murky politics of genocide.</p><p>Incidentally, before he became Goucher&rsquo;s president, Ungar ran the government news agency Voice of America. In 2001, he met with Rwandan officials to bring VOA content to the country&rsquo;s airwaves. The experience left him with the impression that the Paul Kagame government had healed the country.</p><p>After investigating Munyakazi&#39;s background, he&rsquo;s less certain. Kagame has severely curtailed freedom of the press. People that don&rsquo;t strictly adhere to his government&rsquo;s line on the genocide often end up behind bars.</p><p>Ungar says that even the term &ldquo;genocide&rdquo; is tricky. While Ungar certainly doesn&rsquo;t dispute that Hutus massacred Tutsis in 1994, the designations themselves are arbitrary. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s like saying people on the North Side of Chicago are Hutu and people on the South Side are Tutsi.&rdquo;</p><p>His four-year obsession has led him to muse about the nature of humanitarianism and whether you ever can do something uncomplicatedly good. &ldquo;Reluctantly, I&rsquo;m coming to the conclusion that there are always complications,&rdquo; he said.</p></p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 11:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/college-president-who-hired-rwandan-professor-accused-genocide-tries-uncover-truth Exiled Chief of Staff to Rwandan president Paul Kagame on the regime http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-07/exiled-chief-staff-rwandan-president-paul-kagame-regime-81909 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/102552207.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As waves of revolt across North Africa bring under scrutiny U.S. support for dictators for the sake of stability, many argue not enough attention is paid to other parts of Africa.Observers argue that in other parts of the continent, U.S. support for so called &ldquo;strong-man&rdquo; regimes have produced bad policy outcomes and weakened U.S. influence in the region.</p> <div><a href="http://www.luc.edu/politicalscience/pdfs/vitae/Endless_Website_Vita.pdf">Brian Endless</a> is a senior advisor to the <a href="http://hrrfoundation.org/">Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation</a>&nbsp;and a political science professor at Loyola University-Chicago. Theogene Rudasingwa was Chief of Staff to Rwanda&rsquo;s President Paul Kagame and served as Rwanda's Ambassador to the U.S. He now lives in exile in the United States. Rudasingwa believes the so called Rwandan &ldquo;Miracle&rdquo; is a myth. He brings a rare insiders glimpse into the Kagame regime. Theogene says he left the Kagame regime because of a crisis of conscience.</div></p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 18:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-07/exiled-chief-staff-rwandan-president-paul-kagame-regime-81909 Alleged genocide leader deported from Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/alleged-genocide-leader-deported-chicago <p><p>U.S. Immigration officials have deported a Romeoville man who is wanted in Rwanda for crimes against humanity. Jean-Marie Vianney Mudahinyuka was flown back to Kigali last week, after serving a 51-month term in federal prison for immigration fraud and assaulting a federal immigration officer when he was arrested in 2004.</p> <div>Mudahinyuka came to the U.S. in 2000 under the alias &ldquo;Thierry Rugamba,&rdquo; claiming to be a victim of Rwanda&rsquo;s 1994 genocide. Gail Montenegro, spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Chicago, said federal officials were tipped off by other resettled Rwandans in the community after he began working at an African grocery store in Bolingbrook, Ill. &nbsp;&ldquo;A witness recognized him as someone who was known by a different name in Rwanda,&rdquo; said Montenegro.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mudahinyuka is wanted in Rwanda for allegedly leading a Hutu militia, which is believed to have killed hundreds of thousands of people. U.S. prosecutors were tasked with proving that Mudahinyuka&rsquo;s true identity was not what he claimed it to be &ndash; a challenging task, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Juliet Sorensen. &ldquo;We were looking for witnesses and identification documents from a country that had been decimated by the genocide,&rdquo; said Sorensen. Ultimately, Mudahinyuka pleaded guilty to the U.S charges.&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 23:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/alleged-genocide-leader-deported-chicago