Rebuilding After Genocide: A Conversation

Join us for an evening with Dr. Naasson Munyandamutsa and Donatilla Mukumana, two of Rwanda's experts on healing after genocide.

Naasson Munyandamutsa, MD, PhD is a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Clinical Psychology at the National University of Rwanda, maintains a clinical practice, and works for the promotion of dialogue as a mechanism for conflict management in war-torn countries in his role as Deputy Director of the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace.  He earned  his degree from the University of Geneva in Switzerland and worked as a clinician and lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry before returning to Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. A frequent presenter at international conferences, Dr. Munyandamutsa addresses the psychological consequences of extreme violence and the challenges of reconciliation in war torn societies. He collaborated with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to advocate for the psychological treatment for victims and witnesses. In 2011 he received the Geneva Prize Foundation for Human Rights in Psychiatry Award and most recently in 2013, Dr. Munyandamutsa is the recipient of the Hopi Foundation's Barbara Chester Award that honors health providers who work with torture survivors.

Donatilla Mukumana, BSN, MS is a mental health nursing specialist and lecturer at the Kigali Health Institute in Kigali, Rwanda.  She is a PhD Candidate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and her dissertation, Management of the long term psychological effects of rape among women survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda: a grounded theory approach, is in the final review stages. Donatilla has successfully promoted the use of psychiatric nurses in Rwanda where there are currently only five psychiatrists and is a frequent consultant, supervisor, and mentor.  She is also a wife, mother, and active community member.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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