Amanda Harman: School Portrait Rwanda

Galerija: Školsko gradivo - da se genocid više nikad ne ponovi

Naša draga prijateljica iz Londona, Amanda Harman, fotoreporter, boravila je u Ruandi, zemlji koje se mnogi sećaju po nezapamćenom genocidu. Za XXZ evo njenog teksta o boravku u ovoj afričkoj državi:

“Pre 23 godine u Ruandi se desio jedan od najstravičnijih zločina etničkog čišćenja: tokom 100 dana, žitelji Hutu plemena masakrirali su 800.000 pripadnika manjinske zajednice Tutsi, ali i svoje umerene saplemenike iz redova Hutu.

Nakon genocida, došlo je do potpunog obrta; vlast danas promoviše politiku pomirenja i insistira na zajedničkom nacionalnom identitetu, nasuprot kolonijalnom periodu kad je fokus bio na etničkim razlikama kako bi se kontrolisalo stanovništvo.

Danas, mladi ispod 20 godina čine polovinu populacije u Ruandi; oni nisu ni Tutsi ni Hutu, već građani Ruande. Obrazovanje se zasniva na vrednostima mira, integracije i državljanstva, što je integralni deo školskih lekcija.

Tokom boravka u Ruandi sa fondacijom Friends of Rwandan Rugby, odlučila sam se za lični projekat; da napravim portrete dece koju srećem, i da slikam škole i predele koje posećujem. Ovim projektom želim da napravim rad koji pokazuje budućnost Ruande kroz ove mlade ljude, nove građane Ruande, kao i da zabeležim infrastrukturu mnogih škola i drugih institucija izgrađenih nakon genocida 1994”.

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School Portrait Rwanda

Twenty three years ago in Rwanda one of the most ferocious acts of modern ethnic cleansing took place: in 100 days the Hutu population slaughtered around 800,000 of the Tutsi minority and moderate Hutu. The aftermath of the genocide is a complete restart; the government promotes a policy of reconciliation and nurtures a shared national identity, in contrast to the colonial period when a focus on ethnic difference was encouraged to control the population.

Today half the population of Rwanda are under 20 years old; they are neither Tutsi nor Hutu but simply Rwandan citizens. Education promotes the values of peace, integration and citizenship which are part of the school curriculum.

Travelling to Rwanda with the charity Friends of Rwandan Rugby, I undertook a personal project; making portraits of the children that I met and photographing the school buildings and environments we visited. In this project I am interested in making work that looks forward to Rwanda’s future as embodied in these young people, Rwanda’s new citizens, and in picturing the state schooling infrastructure and other agencies that have been set up since the genocide of 1994.

*Amanda Harman is currently an Associate Lecturer in Photography at the University of the West of England.

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