Aegis Trust Rwanda is affiliated with the UK-based charity Aegis Trust. Aegis Rwanda was formed in response to the 1994 genocide, which decimated families and destroyed communities, divided the country into perpetrators and victims and left raw and complex political, social and jurisprudential issues.

Aegis observed that if Rwanda is to make a sustainable recovery, memory and education are critical factors. Memory, because survivors need time and space. They need to be heard within their own society and further afield. So too, Rwandan society needs to reckon with its collective conscience, to be clear about what it is remembering and why. Education, because new and emerging generations, on all sides of the genocidal divide, need to feel comfortable confronting the country’s past and absorbing its demanding lessons.