Gacaca Justice-Rwanda Video Clip
Affective Reading Method
This video clip was interesting to see as courts here are not the same as the Gacaca Justice Courts. These courts have helped communities with their 1994 genocide, an ongoing problem that killed more than half a million people. “Gacaca meant grass and this was symbolic to where the communities got to together to resolve disputes. The Gacaca proceedings encouraged participation from people of the community and want people to tell the courts what they have seen. It is mandatory for the people to confess what crimes they saw and if they did not they had to face consequences If these witnesses made false claims they themselves were prosecuted. I was shocked to see that wives sat in the Gacaca Court and when their husbands would be punished they were not allowed to cry or yell or make a sound, if they did start crying they were taken away from the courts and were not allowed to see their husbands court session. In the courts here, the wives are allowed to break down, show emotion and they were never kicked out of the courtroom like that. It was also interesting to see that even around the world people are taking responsibility to maintain order and justice. These laws and regulations were not maintained properly back in the days but now everyone is getting further knowledge on these laws and regulations and things are being done the way that they are supposed to.