It’s important to have someone to explain

My friend Prudent Nsengiyumva, a radio reporter for the BBC and a journalism student in Butare, dropped me a line to tell me about his latest report from Gikongoro, in southern Rwanda, for CBC Radio. He visited Murambi Genocide Memorial Site and talked to Juliet, a guide and genocide survivor. 40,000 people were killed in Murambi in three days between 19 – 22 April, 1994. You can listen to the podcast here – the segment begins at 15:28. Juliet, who leads tours of the site 5 days a week, talks to Prudent about what happened to her, her family and her neighbours during that time and why she chooses guide visitors around Murambi,

“It’s important to have someone to explain what happened at Murambi. I thought that’s what God had saved me for. To tell the visitors who come here how the people suffered because I was here. That’s why, although it’s not easy, I can’t give up. And that’s what keeps me motivated.”

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Dr William F. Shijain visited Murambi last Saturday to pay his respects to the victims,

“I and my colleagues wish to express our very sorry feelings about what happened in 1994. What happened is not a scar for Rwanda only but for the whole of Africa… Africa went through many tribulations. The pain is enough,” Dr Shija said. “Let us stop causing pain to our continent, it is enough.” link

Photograph of Murambi by beonkey and licensed under Creative Commons.

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