Kwizera Samuel & Igihozo Cindy Providence

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Kwizera Samuel shares with his niece, Igihozo Cindy Providence, how people lived together in harmony regardless of ethnicity. All people in Rwanda had love for one another before the tragedy of the genocide. Emergency vehicles would not stop to check the ethnicity of a patient before taking them to the hospital. In fact, those riding the emergency vehicles would all be of different ethnicities in the first place. In those days, people helped one another.

“One would have prepared local beer and invited people over, and people would come help him in the form of digging for him, building for him a fence. All of this showed love. If you looked at the other gift of local beer, it was not a gift but rather a way to appreciate each other and all this was good. People were united, they had love based on the examples I gave. What we can wish for our children today is love first of all, the love of existing with each other without asking the ethnic origin, being together without asking what your dad’s or mother’s ethnicity was.” Kwizera Samuel

“I have understood what 'ubudehe' aimed for, and encouraging me to have love is good and I promise him that I will plant it in my friends and do it without profit from others.” Igihozo Cindy Providence

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