Hannah Crothers, CNLG internship, Jan 2017

"I would first like to sincerely thank the donor who funded the ‘Humanity Foundation Global Scholarship’, that I was awarded. The opportunity I was given to travel to Rwanda and intern at the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) was one of the best experiences of my life, and has contributed to my preparation for a career in the law and advocacy.

Through interning at the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide I was able to gain insight into the inner workings of a government-based transitional justice mechanism, an experience that I found informative, enjoyable, and educative on both a professional and personal level. During my time at CNLG I was able to work on a number of projects including; drafting policy briefs, conducting research, editing research papers, critiquing academic articles and writing official press releases. These tasks challenged me academically, forcing me outside of my comfort-zone and eventually increased the confidence I had in my own skills. Furthermore, being able to learn from my amazing internship coordinator Damas and interact with a variety of brilliant and passionate individuals on a daily basis only served to heighten my interest in history, politics and transitional justice.

Being in Rwanda itself was simply exceptional. Rwanda is such a beautiful country and I enjoyed being able to immerse myself in local culture, make new friends, and experience something completely different to Australia. Being able to visit various genocide memorials and talk to people who had been effected by the 1994 genocide was by far the highlight of my trip. Learning about the Rwandan genocide in Australia was a completely different experience to being confronted with the personal stories and evidence of the genocide in Rwanda itself. It was difficult and emotional for me to learn more about the atrocities that occurred but also exciting and encouraging to see the way that Rwandan society continues to achieve peace and reconciliation with one another post-conflict.

I want to thank you again for enabling me to undertake this internship. It is has only served to encourage me in my pursuit of a legal career, deepen my interest in and concern for history and transitional justice, and solidify my resolve to perform well in my academic studies. I believe that I have emerged from the experience as a more informed, compassionate, and confident individual."

- Hannah Crothers

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