Muhizi Jean Claude & Masengesho Jean de Dieu

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Muhizi Jean Claude wants to inspire his friend Masengesho Jean de Dieu to be hopeful about the future by reflecting on how much has changed since his youth. Muhizi Jean Claude talks about how the segregation that existed in schools and how political instability contributed to the genocide. In answer to Masengesho Jean de Dieu’s question about ways for people to heal their emotional pain, Muhizi Jean Claude emphasizes youth breaking the cycle of ethnic discrimination. He urges his friend to “bear in mind that all Rwandese are the same” and focus on the positive strides the country has taken towards peace and reconciliation.

“As you know, this genocide seed was planted a long time ago. It went on growing and it was put into action later on. If we start encouraging our youth today and showing them how bad ethnic discrimination is, I am sure we will reap something good out of them.” Muhizi Jean Claude

“There are many cases of misunderstandings out here. You find that some parents don’t care about their children so much; as a result, their children end up going to the streets. I am wondering how we can shape up these parents.” Masengesho Jean de Dieu

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