Love Radio: A Commemorative Event for the Rwanda Genocide

5 april 2014

Today, on the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, we would like to draw your attention to an exceptional transmedia project dealing with the process of reconciliation, focusing on our Rwandan Soap opera Musekeweya (New Dawn). 


It is a web documentary project, entitled 'Love Radio' designed to cover the 100 days of the genocide, starting with an introductory event at Humanity House (2 April 2014) hosted by NIOD, the Dutch War Documentation Institution, and ending with a photo exhibition about the actors and the themes of Musekeweya at Amsterdam’s eminent FOAM gallery.


Musekeweya has now been running in Rwanda for the last ten years, embedding knowledge of the psychological pressures that drove people to perpetrate atrocity in the past and providing role models for resisting such pressures in the future. The radio soap has had significant results in fostering reconciliation and represents the first project worldwide that works exclusively to promote audience resilience to hate speech and incitement to atrocity.


Documentary Photographer Anoek Steketee and Journalist Eefje Blankevoort have used our soap and the way it reflects Rwandan reality to create a vivid picture of the reconciliation process after an atrocity in which neighbour killed neighbour, involving an entire society in the perpetration of violence.


To join and watch the online documentary, click here. We hope you will be able to follow the adventures of our heroes over the next three months and will be inspired during this period of reflection.


Stefan van Hees