Mary Sweeney shares some powerful memories of her field work for Trócaire in the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.
Mary Sweeney memories of 1994 Rwanda genocide
In 1994, Trócaire launched an emergency appeal for people fleeing the violence in Rwanda. People in Ireland donated an incredible £6m to our appeal, which helped to provide emergency relief.
Twenty years on, Trócaire remains in Rwanda.
Today, our programmes are focused on two key areas: a livelihoods programme that aims to improve the quantity, quality and value of household food production, and a governance and human rights programme that promotes greater citizen awareness of their rights and responsibilities in local decision making.
Our Rwanda programme is an example of how Trócaire builds long-term development after humanitarian interventions.