Gahizi Valgas & Nyinawintore Marlaine

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Gahizi Valgas begins his story by telling his niece, Nyinawintore Marlaine, about the first time that he realized that he was a refugee. He describes the hardships that he and his family went through because they were not welcomed. He encourages his niece to continue her schooling, because in the past not everyone was given the right to education. He hopes that Nyinawintore Marlaine will fight against anything that could cause another genocide, because he does not want Rwandese to be forced to live as refugees again.

“What I can say is that one can flee from their country and go somewhere else because of some reasons, but wherever you go you cannot be treated as a native of that country. In case you are denied the right to live in your own country you should try to collaborate with your fellow people in order to get a solution to your problem. We now have peace because there were young people who said 'Our parents should not die in the foreign country, they have to go back to their native country.' What I can tell her is that I don’t wish her to become a refugee.” Gahizi Valgas

“I have known that our country is peaceful because of what was done by people who had fled to another country.” Nyinawintore Marlaine

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