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Mukandagijimava Epiphanie & Muhongwanseko Scholastique

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Mother and daughter open up to each other about love, loss, and marriage. The two women discuss many topics including religion, intimate relationships, and how dating practices have changed over time. Muhongwanseck Scholastique shares her concerns about her future with her mother Mukandagijimava Epiphanie, and asks about the secret to her parent’s good marriage. Mukandagijimava Epiphanie welcomes her daughter’s questions and says that relationships should be based on love, respect, and communication.

Nyirasafari Leocadie & Mukiza Emmanuel

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Mukiza Emmanuel has many questions for his mother, Nyirasafari Leocadie, about her life before and after the war. Nyirasafari Leocadie describes her schooling, marriage, and raising children, and the hardships the family faced while living in exile. Mukiza Emmanuel is also eager to hear stories about his father and the grandfathers he never knew. Nyirasafari Leocadie tells him the lessons she learned from her father.

“During the war, I was then young. I would like to know about life during the war.” Mukiza Emmanuel

Mukagakwaya Beatrice & Muvunyi Olivier

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Muvunyi Olivier has many questions for his mother, Mukagakwaya Beatrice, about how Rwandan culture has changed since her childhood. Mukagakwaya Beatrice provides descriptions of the courtship rituals in the past, dress and behavior during weddings, and the gender norms that governed women’s lives. She tells her son that women today are not as respectful of traditional cultured or their elders. She advises young people to be peaceful and content with what they have. Muvunyi Olivier welcomes his mother’s story and wonders about these traditions in contemporary society.

Mukagakwaya Beatrice & Murindahabi Canisius

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Murindahabi Canisius's father died when he was too young to know him well, so he asks his sister Mukagakwaya Beatrice to share stories about their father, grandfather, and the ways in which they affected her life. Mukagakwaya Beatrice talks of her father hiding refugees in their home, the strength he inspired her with to survive as a widow, and even how he managed his farm and his favorite foods.

Rwihisha Tharcisse & Murorunkwere Janet

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Ruhigisha Tharcisse and Murorunkwere Janet have never spoken about his past as a refugee who went from country and country after 1959, living in poverty in refugee camps. He eventually trained himself in a skill and was able to sustained himself. She has many questions for him. Ruhigisha Tharcisse has advice for her about how to sustain herself and has high hopes that she can survive with dignity.

Gasani Gerarid & Rukiriza Antoine

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Rukiriza Antoine wants to join the army, so he decides to ask his father, Gasani Gerarid, about his own military service. Gasani Gerarid joined the Burundian army after he fled Rwanda during the 1970’s. He says that it was a very good experience, so he supports his son’s decision to fight for his country. However, Gasani Gerarid also stresses the importance of working hard and supporting a family. Even if Rukiriza Antoine is unable to join the army, his father says that he must find a way to use his skills to make a living.

Mukamudenge Angela & Ndarihoranye Gaston

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Mukamudenge Angela describes her parents' lifestyle to her son: how they farmed, how they told stories, and how that life has changed in her son's lifetime. Her stories illustrate a simpler life; her parents relied on their hands rather than books to do their work, and children could always find guidance from the elders sitting around the fireplace. Mukamudenge Angela hopes that her stories and a better understanding of previous generations will lead her son to both appreciate the benefits of a changing Rwanda, and learn from his family's past.

Ingabire Pascaline & Umuhoza Fanny

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Umuhoza Fanny asks her mother, Ingabire Pascaline, many of the questions she's wondered about for years: what country were you born in, how did you meet your husband, what was life as a refugee like, and many more. Ingabire Pascaline answers her daughter's questions and explains their family's history. She also tells Umuhoza Fanny how lucky she is to have grown up with a mother. Ingabire Pascaline describes how hard her father worked to provide for his children, how the loss of her mother at a young age affected her life, and why she credits patience for her success today.

Niyiguba Emmanuel & Rugira Jean Rene

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Older brother Niyiguba Emmanuel explains in great detail the genocide that resulted in the brothers' loss of several siblings and one parent. Rugira Jean Rene recounts to his brother the details of the genocide and ethnic discrimination that he is familiar with and Niyiguba Emmanuel elaborates on these facts with more details and additional information, helping his younger brother to understand his country's and family's history better.

Mukamageza Chaste & Uwayezo Janvier

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Uwayezo Janvier and his landlord, Mukamageza Chaste, discuss techniques to finding a successful marriage like Mukamageza Chaste's. What should he do so that his wife will be happy? What must he never do that would hurt his wife? How do you deal with differences within the couple? He admires the life Mukamageza Chaste has managed to create for herself and asks her how this was possible for her.

ARTICLE PUBLISHED

SEPTEMBER 2014 - Archival Science 14 (Nos. 3-4, 2014): 275-306. Available here

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