Too often, Rwanda is portrayed exclusively through the lens of genocide. The stories of Rwandans, and of Rwandan history, orient only around violence and genocide rather than around the country’s cultural richness and complex past. The majority of the media, especially photographic, on Rwanda is either atrocity or legal footage, which serves only to underscore the image of Rwanda as a deeply troubled country with equally troubled people.

The photographs depict adults born in 1994, and show them moving on from their survival stories to forge their own identities. They are people who are celebrating their accomplishments despite the atrocities, and I count myself among their number – not only was i also born in 1994, my father was killed in the genocide against Tutsi when i was just 10 days old.

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