Hope on a Pile of Bones

bones“I needed to see what was going on personally. I didn’t want anybody to tell me. I needed to see it myself, first hand. I needed to have the grip of the horror and then be able to be part of it, and part of the solution.” — Bishop John Rucyahana

Hope on a Pile of Bones will introduce listeners to a range of people who are building the new Rwanda. We profile a young genocide survivor who escaped the slaughter by pretending to be a woman. He stood by, helpless, as his father and brothers were murdered. He later hid out in a church that ended up being a torture chamber. That young man is now studying sociology, to better understand what happened to his country; and he works at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, to help keep alive the memory – and lessons.

We also spend time with an Anglican archbishop who has built a boarding school for orphans and has founded a village where victims and perpetrators live in harmony. Finally, we meet a group of remarkable individuals – Rwandans and a retired American doctor – on a mission to build a new medical school. That school would only be Rwanda’s second medical school.

We also meet a range of other people, as the show paints a richly rendered picture of human survival and resilience in Rwanda and reflects on the genocide 15 years earlier.

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John Streit, Kigali mediacal school board member, talks about why he decided to take on the task of build a new medical school in Kigali Rwanda.

In this interview John Streit, Kigali mediacal school board member, talks about after first visiting Rwanda he discovered how bad that country need more institutions to administer proper medical care.

Bishop John Rucyahana:
Anglican Bishop John Rucyahana talks about the origins of the Rwandan genocide.

Vianny Ruhumuliza, Part 1
Vianney Ruhumuliza, Kigali medical school board member, recounts what is was like growing up in Rwanda prior to the 1994 genocide.

Here Vianney Ruhumuliza, a Kigali Medical School founder and board member, talks about what his family life was like prior to the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.