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Munganyinka Melaine & Murebwayire Marie Claire

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Munganyinka Melaine lived in a time when girls were restricted to house duties, no education, and general strictness which boys were not subject to. Girls would stay home and make butter, weave, and take care of kids. Women could have fun too, but it all took place within the strict confines of the old Rwandan culture and way of life. In order for a girl to be proper, she must have been “disciplined, respecting, well-behaved, and someone who lives with people in harmony and peace everywhere.” Murebwayire Marie Claire, Munganyinka Melaine’s niece, seeks to reconcile her thoughts on how people were brought up today in comparison to the past in the hopes of finding out her own way of living.

“That’s why I have accepted to be here with you. I believe this will help the needy who are listening to us and you too now that you have known many things from this conversation. Don’t just sit with it, look for your friends' age mates and share with them what you have learnt.” Munganyinka Melaine

“For a girl child more especially those who doesn't have Aunts, what can one do so as to help such people?” Murebwayire Marie Claire

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

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