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lspano27

AustraliaNew York City, Australia

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August 23, 2011

lspano27

About Me: 

I am a big advocate of avoiding the danger of a single story. The danger that is created when we tell the same story
about a person or a place over and over in the same framework – this retelling of the story in the same framework
creates a single story and often the only story we come to know. It creates the one image we have of a person or
a place and becomes the image we base all assumptions and opinions from. This is no more true than the image of
brutality we have come to know of Rwanda – crafted out of the re-telling of the genocide and not much more than the
genocide by media, journalists, Hollywood and human rights experts. However, when I arrived in Rwanda, December
2008, I was disappointed - not because it was not what I imagined, I was more than happy that the safe, calm ease
of life I was exposed to in Rwanda dispelled that imagine of brutality that I had - but I was disappointed because the
image, the single story of Rwanda, that had been created was a complete and utter illusion and an illusion people
continue to believe. It continues to disturb me that every time I speak of Rwanda, people make ill-formed statements
of Rwanda still being exactly as it was in 1994. Since this experience I have been dedicated to encouraging others to
create and voice their own stories to ensure their world and what we know of it is not defined by a single story.

My Areas of Expertise: 
Conflict Prevention, Mass Atrocity Prevention, Post-Genocide Reconstruction, Volunteerism
My Languages: 
English, French

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