International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda
Rwandan women speak.
Two years after the slaughter of Tutsis and the exile of a million of Hutu refugees, Rwanda is slowly awaking from this nightmare. From now on, the watchword is “rebuilding”. From the government policy to the farmers, the whole country is looking for a rebirth.
Though they were victims of the conflict, the Rwandan women, the Tutsis, are making up for the disintegration of the Rwandan family fabric by helping each other.
She is twelve years old. Nyirahabimana Josephin is the only survivor of the slaughter: she has lost all her family. Still, her profile tells what she has been through. Some say that it is a miracle she is still alive. She now lives with Mukankara Anastasy and her young daughter. Mukankara Anastasy is 32 years old. She still bears the scars left by the enemies’ machete. She and her daughter were left for dead among dozens of lifeless bodies. The three of them are now trying to get a semblance of a normal family life, a way to relieve the feeling of absence and loneliness.
Text written by Rachel Deghati.