Seminar on the dynamics against youth radicalization in Rwanda
Seminar on the dynamics against youth radicalization in Rwanda21st September 2019
Muslim Students from the University of Rwanda and student from the Faculty of theology were participants and four contributors were invited:
Rev. Ndagijimana Jean Paul /Muhazi parish
Dr Djibril Mbarushimana Cancerologist at CHUB
Sadi Babou Sibomana/ DeputyVice Imam of Huye District
Dr Munyansanga Olivier Dean of Faculty of theology
Group Photo after the Seminar
Main goal of the conference is to examine and discuss the key factors which generate and fuel violent radicalization and extremism of youth from different religions and church denominations. Dr Djibril who is a cancerologist at CHUB Huye in presenting root causes of radicalization. He started by explaining that there is no universally accepted definition of radicalization. Therefore, radicalization can mean different things to different people. For him the main root cause of radicalization is ignorance. As Averroes the Muslim philosopher said “ignorance leads to fear. Fear leads to hatred. Hatred leads to violence”. Very often factors which lead to radicalization:
- Not to be accepted
- Lack of equal opportunities
- Lack of integration
- Rejection of social values
- Lack of tolerance
Rev. Jean Paul Ndagijimana from Presbyterian Church of Muhazi, emphasized on the religion freedom. That freedom is a fundamental, inviolable and non-negotiable right of every human being and consists in the freedom to practice one’s religion, to propagate its teachings and also to embrace another faith out of one’s own free choice. Freedom of religion includes the responsibility to respect other faiths and not to denigrate or vilify them.
Dr Olivier Munyansanga presented on fundamentalism, in defining it he said that
Fundamentalism is “a belief that every word of the Bible is divinely inspired and therefore true. In Islam, it is a movement favoring strict observance of the teachings of the Qur’an and Islamic law.”The origin of the term “fundamentalism” can be traced back to the early 1900s as the self-designation of a group of conservative American Protestants who profiled themselves as militants willing to do battle royal, to preserve the fundamentals of the Christian faith from the evolutionists and biblical critics infecting mainline seminaries and colleges. They believed in the infallibility of the Bible.They are strongly intolerant to any transformation, and against a new interpretation or change.He states that “religious fundamentalists are united by fear. Whether they are Christian, Muslim, or Jew, fear is the common denominator. They fear of change, modernization and loss of influence. They fear that people will abandon the churches, mosques and synagogues for physical and material gratification.
In concluding Dr. Olivier Munyansanga said that to prevent violence, every religion has to develop a self-critique for his own religion because, the ideology of fundamentalism starts at the moment a sacred text is read and interpreted literally, not allowing for a hermeneutical analysis, nor a controversial debate. Both the government as the religious communities themselves, have a vital interest in preventing fundamentalist tendencies to rise in their midst.
The seminar was ended in friendship atmosphere and sharing meal between young Christians and Muslim students for University of Rwanda.
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Participants during the seminar