Splash Biography

ORNELLA BAYIGAMBA, Yale junior interested in renewable energy!

Major: Chemical Engineering

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Ornella is a junior originally from Kigali Rwanda. She studies Chemical Engineering, with a focus on renewable energy infrastructure and policy. At Yale, she spends most of her time working on the many cool projects of the Yale International Relations Association. She has gotten to teach New Haven public school students International Relations through Hemispheres, has travelled to 4 countries to put on conferences for high schoolers from all over the world, and has made some of her best friends. She hopes to continue working on her engineering degree, while also gaining experience in diplomacy during the summers. She cannot wait to meet you and talk a little bit more about the Gacaca system!

Past Classes

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H4037: An Entire Country on Trial: Using the Experimental Gacaca System to Serve Justice After Rwandan Genocide in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 16, 2019)
Over the course of 100 days, 1 million people died in Rwanda. With 10,000 deaths each day, it must have felt as though everyone had killed at least one person during the Genocide. How did the newly elected government go about persecuting the hundreds of thousands of accused when most lawyers fled or died trying? Who determined what was truth or falsehood. How was the point of view of women considered? Through this seminar, we will learn how the Gacaca system, a public trial system, aimed to serve justice and how successful it was at doing so. Come defend how you would have accomplished what many considered an impossible task.