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Kigali, Rwanda 2005

Betsy Kain, Coordinator

Rita Rivest, Coordinator

Contact: Pat McClure


This group of boxes is part of 55 boxes that were taken to Kigali, Rwanda by Betsy Kain in collaboration with Solace Ministries in 2006. They were given to widows of the genocide in an effort to help them work through their losses and grief. The transformed boxes and statements reflect the atrocities and immense personal hardship Tutsi women went through, and their attempt to cope with memories of their loved ones being killed in front of their eyes.


Pat McClure, Betsy Kain, and Rita Rivest
Pat McClure, Betsy Kain, and Rita Rivest


beatrice-nicyascra-beatrices-box-a-coffin-rwanda-siloBeatrice Nicyascra РBeatrice’s Box, A Coffin РRwanda

The figures on the top represent her husband and four children who were all murdered during the genocide.

She had to (forced) watch, as her husband was hacked into four or five pieces. Overwhelmed with tears, she could not go any further.