We are back with a different kind of #SlowNews this week!
A zoom in on 4 individual topics that have been covered in the news these past few weeks:
1) Trump’s decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights – a very controversial move;
2) Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe & Malawi – disaster preparedness in Sub-Sahara Africa;
3) #Kwibuka25 – a quarter century after the Genocide against the Tutsi 1994 in Rwanda;
4) Referendums – a debate in times of Brexit.

We have some weeks of Easter Break before us now – but stay tuned, we’ll be coming back with a special edition of #SlowNews as we currently work on an in-depth episode about refugees trying to return home! Thank you for listening.

Reading recommendations on Cyclone Idai

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Cyclone Iday (https://www.unocha.org/)

Antonio Matimbe (2019), “Why were the people worst affected by Cyclone Idai so badly prepared”, The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/

Simon Allison (2019), “The Villages in Malawi that prepared for the floods – and survived”, Mail and Guardian, http://atavist.mg.co.za/

Learn more about the Genocide against the Tutsi 1994 in Rwanda and the Commemoration “Kwibuka”:

Books (Testimonies) by survivors:

  • “Not My Time To Die” by Yolande Mukagasana
  • “Left to Tell: Discovering God amidst the Rwandan Holocaust” by Immaculée Ilibagiza
  • “If only we had listened” by Immaculée Ilibagiza
  • Children’s book: “That Child is Me” by Claver Irakoze

Books by foreign authors:

  • “A People Betrayed” by Linda Melvern
  • “We wish to inform you that tomorrow we’ll be killed with our families” by Philip Gourevitch
  • “A Sunday by the Pool in Kigali” by Gil Couremanche
  • “Silent Accomplice” by Andrew Wallis on France’s role in the Genocide against the Tutsi
  • “Un dimanche à Kigali” by Robert Favrea
  • “Shaking Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda” by Roméo Dallaire, autobiography by former general in the UN Mission in Rwanda in 1994

Short Films:


  • “Sometimes in April” by Raoul Peck
  • “Shooting Dogs” by Michael Caton-Jones
  • Documentaries:
  • “Kinyarwanda”
  • “The Faces we lost” by Piotr Cieplak


Lately, many Rwandans share their stories on Twitter under #Kwibuka25 (an important # for information on the Genocide against the Tutsi and the Commemoration).

Also follow on Twitter these accounts to learn more:

  • @Ibuka_Rwanda
  • @GAERGRwanda
  • @Avega_Agahozo_
  • @GenArchiveRw
  • @KwibukaRwanda
  • @RwandaRemembers
  • @Aegis_Trust
  • @NARwanda
  • @stvoicesofhope
  • @survivorsfund
  • @urumuriuk
  • @Kigali_Memorial



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