History of many countries and communities in Africa and especially in the African Great Lakes region has been punctuated by large scale and well-coordinated human rights abuses and crimes against humanity, some of which have resulted in genocides. To better understand and prevent such incidents, access to comprehensive information about these incidents is crucial. The USF collection on genocide and crimes against humanity is still at its infancy and is expected to develop in the following aspects: Oral history from survivors and perpetrators; The historical aspect of the genocide or crimes against humanity with a focus on the socio-political, economic and cultural climate of the time; Justice and reconciliation efforts; Mental health aspects; Post genocide reconstruction.
A comprehensive core collection on the African Great Lakes Region which will encompass the following countries: Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and Tanzania. However, the center will to a lesser extent have a peripheral collection that will include materials on the following countries, namely: Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Ethiopia.