In 1994, the Hutu-led government of Rwanda led a systematic campaign to wipe out members of the Tutsi minority. At first, the perpetrators were tied to the government, but ultimately, thousands of ordinary people took part in the killing. Instigated by radio propaganda, people slaughtered their own friends and neighbors, wiping out three quarters of the Tutsi population. Today, Musekeweya (New Dawn), a fictional Rwandan radio soap opera, aims to reclaim radio, build peace in the post-genocide country and empower groups to heal and foster empathy. Students will meet the creators of Musekeweya, Ugandan media producers, and experts in misinformation, to learn how the language of propaganda works to infiltrate our belief systems and explore how it can be used to promote unity over division.Book experience
Fight misinformation in classroom by virtually connecting with media producers from Rwanda.