Seven members of SMU’s recently formed Student Leadership Initiative (SLI) are in Rwanda, Uganda and Johannesburg during May 2012. The students are researching human rights issues and empowerment solutions for three African countries recovering from decades of genocide, war, famine, disease and apartheid. Pat Davis, associate director of the Embrey Human Rights Program, is accompanying them on the program.
An update from Katie, a sophomore majoring in dance, international studies and human rights: Exhausted – emotionally and physically. I can’t believe we’ve only been here 2 days, I’ve already seen so much, learned so much.… Today was a bit similar to yesterday in terms of a heavy, contemplative morning followed by a hopeful afternoon full of big, new ideas and a movement towards positive change. So much driving, so many people, so much Africa. This morning we visited 2 churches where Tutsis piled in seeking safety and protection, only to make systematic slaughter easier for the Hutus. Grenades, clubs, and machetes. I have no words. I have seen more skulls and smelled more bones than I ever have or [...]