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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.

“I am not good at using proverbs but what I can only say is that this is my child and I want him to live a good life. He should work and earn money, he should not steal because one earns nothing from stealing. In case he does not become able to keep being in the army I would advise him to take a hoe and cultivate in order to sustain his life or I would advise him to study. To me this is a proverb I can give to him, I advise my child to be a well-behaved person who does not steal or loot things that belong to others. This is the piece of advise I can give my child.” Gasani Gerarid

“It is best to implement the piece of advice from people who are older than you. For example, he [Gerarid] has pointed out things that made him live until now, so different pieces of advice given to me are of paramount importance.” Rukiriza Antoine

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

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