This blog post in the Huffington Post talks about Internews Europe's project in Rwanda.
The films are part of a series of 12 documentaries, filmed in both countries, that tell stories of everyday life – music, sport, village events – to familiarize communities on both sides of the conflict-affected border with each other and show how they can live together in peace. They were screened in public and aired all over Rwanda and the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Before viewing the documentary, men like Théoneste Gakwaya had doubts. “I heard the information on the radio; that there are methods of birth control for men, that there are veins which get cut. But I would like to hear the testimony of someone who has done it in order to be reas-sured that one keeps being a real man.”
“When my wife told me that this was a program that concerns men, I did not accept it at first. I had some doubts, because it was the first time I had heard of it,” said Jean Damascène Nemeyabahizi from Kigogo.
For years civil war and instability have reigned in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Many armed rebel groups from neighboring countries have taken refuge in the forests of the region, most prominently the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) which consists in part of former Rwandan military personnel who are opposed to the government, and recruits from refugee camps from as far away as Tanzania.
A report about media in conflict that analyzes the role media sometimes play in instigating or accelerating conflict. The framework is intended to help media assistance organizations direct media interventions to where they are most needed and can be most beneficial in combating the use of media in promoting conflict.
Download the report: Use and Abuse of Media in Vulnerable Societies
This book, edited by Allan Thompson and published by the International Development Research Centre, examines how local radio and print media in Rwanda were used as a tool of hate, encouraging neighbours to turn against each other. It also presents a critique of international media coverage of the cataclysmic events in Rwanda. Mark Frohardt, Internews Executive Director, Internews Center for Innovation and Learning, and John Temin wrote Chapter 32: The Use and Abuse of Media in Vulnerable Societies.