RPF Policy of National Unity and Reconciliation

Ever since the genocide in Rwanda ended on July 4, 1994, the main task of the RPF-led government has been to deal with its legacies. With the aim to rebuild an ethnically disintegrated society, the RPF established The National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC), a national institution that has assisted the government in restoring tranquility, erasing the negative consequences of the genocide, combatting discrimination and establishing a feeling of national unity. Fundamental to the NURC’s approach to unification has been the discourse on pre-colonial unity. This discourse focuses on how Rwanda thrived in peace and unity during pre-colonial times. In this manner, the NURC has tried to sensitize the population for the existence of only one Rwandan identity.