A group of 13 SMU students, faculty and staff are in Rwanda from August 4-13, 2016 with SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program. After the country’s 1994 genocide, in which as many as a million people were killed in 100 days, “history lives on,” says group leader and program director Rick Halperin. The group are visiting genocide sites and meeting with survivors, government representatives and representatives of NGOs, They are also carrying donated books, classroom supplies, toys and clothing to share with the schools and orphanages they are visiting.
Sarah S. is a senior majoring in accounting and minoring in human rights and psychology: Going to Urukundo was by far one of my favorite aspects of the trip. Urukundo means love in Kinyarwanda, and that is truly what this place and its people embody. We had the opportunity to speak with their fearless leader, Mama Arlene. My favorite part? The adorable little boy in rain boots a tad too big for him that held my hand throughout our whole tour. I had to take him to his lunch group myself because he didn’t want to leave! I’m currently dreaming about going back and working at Urukundo – it’s such a special place.