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Mukakayonde Anna & Nyiranzeyimana Solange

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Nyiranzeyimana Solange comes to storytelling discontented about her life, wondering why she was left alone. Because she is young, she only knows the life she has right now, and cannot compare it to any other life, like the one during the genocide, and before. Could there have been a better life than this one, she asks her elder? Mukakayonde Anna works very hard to convince Nyiranzeyimana Solange that right now life is much better than before. In the same breath that she tells Nyiranzeyimana Solange that her relatives died in the genocide, she tries to bring hope. Mukakayonde Anna reminds her of good governance, the new co-operatives, and education for women. Nyiranzeyimana Solange asks if she has her elder’s blessing if she earns a living without schooling, and Mukakayonde Anna gives it generously.

“But then what do you think of orphans who don’t have anywhere to go or anyone to tell their burdens to?”
Nyiranzeyimana Solange

“It hurts me so much. Should you ever see anyone in such a condition, please don’t hesitate to bring him/her home. We may not have enough, but we shall share what we have.”
Mukakayonde Anna

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

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