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Title:Rwanda, twenty years on: assessing the RPF's legacy through the views of the Great Lakes Region's new generation
Author:Bentrovato, Denise
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines (ISSN 0008-0055)
Geographic terms:Rwanda
Great Lakes region
Subjects:Front Patriotique Rwandais
Abstract:Twenty years after the RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front) came to power in Rwanda, the record of the country's incumbent authorities remains a matter that divides public opinion. The intent of this article is to complement existing assessments by drawing attention to the marginalised views of the young generation of the African Great Lakes Region. The analysis presented in this article is based on the results of a qualitative survey that was recently conducted among hundreds of secondary school students in the region, seeking to explore how the area's new generation views Rwanda's historical trajectory and the changes the country has experienced since the end of the 1994 genocide. The findings of the analysis demonstrate the success of the Rwandan government in inculcating an official memory and vision of the future in its citizens. Across the border, however, alternative versions of 'the truth', including narratives critical of the government, were found to be thriving. In Burundi and the DR Congo, Rwanda under the RPF was often considered both to have failed to resolve its longstanding internal problems and to have exported its troubles abroad, causing suffering to its neighbours. This paper ultimately both gives cause to hopes and raises concerns about the future legacy of the RPF's governance in Rwanda and the wider region. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]