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Rebuilding trust through a societal healing process

Darius Gishoma

Event: New York Peace Talks 2019
Location: Salesforce Tower
Date: 11/12/2019

Clinical psychologist working on mental health and genocide related consequences in Rwanda, Dr. Darius Gishoma shared his experiences. He emphasized the importance of building trust through a societal healing process at the grassroots and community level. “Is peace and trust possible in Rwanda? At the beginning it was very difficult, but today it is possible. Post-conflict and post-genocide society should be very creative – to create spaces for societal healing and also to create the opportunity for people to connect with each other again.”

New York Peace Talks 2019. Recorded at the Salesforce Tower on December 11, 2019.


Darius Gishoma

Dr. Darius Gishoma is a Senior Lecturer at the Mental Health Department, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda. He is holding a PhD in clinical Psychology obtained from Catholic University of Louvain/ Belgium. For the last ten years, he has been involved in training of mental health professionals in Rwanda at different levels: Mental Health Nurses, Psychologists, General Practioners, Counselors and nonprofessional volunteers. In addition to being a lecturer at University, he maintains a clinical practice for individuals affected by genocide-related consequences and other Mental Health issues in Rwanda. Darius Gishoma has research interests in treatment development and evaluation of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression and Substance Abuse, Global Mental Health, Maternal and Child Mental Health and Community-based interventions. He is a member of the Rwanda National Ethics Committee.