This is the chorus of Umuco (Culture), composed and performed by youth leaders and children in Rwanda.
When war comes, culture is lost. But more: when those who promote and profit from war gain power, culture is attacked and we lose our voices.
The human right to culture (Art. 27, Universal Declaration of Human Rights) is strongly tied to all other human rights. It is culture that lets us lift our voices, tell our stories, sing our truth.
When war has raged and culture is lost, the bringing back of culture is a radical act of peacebuilding.
Please help us bring back culture for those who are bravely turning from war to life.
Countless people are affected by war and conflict every day. We use music as a tool to build connections, foster empathy and shape communities. Studies have shown that music is a powerful tool that can shape culture and strengthen social bonds.
Music is our universal language.
Show your support and donate today so we can continue using music as a means to address societies divided and affected by conflict.