Mukayiranga Verena & Mugisha Gabriel & Sharangabo Jean de Dieu

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Mukayiranga Verena is speaking with two of her adopted sons, Mugisha Gabriel and Sharangabo Jean de Dieu. She tells stories of her struggles with discrimination between the different ethnicities and how there was nothing but love between all Rwandese people before the colonists arrived. Verena shares how she lived in paralyzing fear during the war saying “I could not sleep well; I would think that people would come to kill us.” Despite being traumatized by her experiences she overcame her fear and shares her story with her sons.

“I want to tell these children that they should carry on studying in order to get an education that could transform their lives so that they may provide Rwanda and the world with their different skills. Even though you went through many hardships I would request that you try to develop yourselves. Keep on studying so that you may fit in Rwanda and pass on your knowledge to other people. Never say that 'I will not study because I have no person to help me or I have no foundation.' You should always remember that tomorrow belongs to you.” Mukayiranga Verena

“We know that Rwandese had unity and love among themselves. Could you please tell us the source of those problems so that we may know how to prevent them from happening again?” Mugisha Gabriel

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