Ntibanyendera Elissam & Muhawenimana Genevieve

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As a young woman, Muhawenimana Genevieve has burning questions concerning the way life was in the time of her elders. She invites her uncle to help her answer these questions. The Rwanda of today is far removed from the Rwanda of the past, as Muhawenimana Genevieve discovers. Families and the land they owned used to be large, and money did not even exist. Instead, life depended on one’s resources such as livestock and property. She asks about the shift in norms for boys and girls such as the issue of HIV/AIDS and rebelliousness in today’s youth. Within each story, truths and advice are revealed as well as the simpler differences between the ways life was lived during Ntibanyendera Elissam's youth.

“You can see that, at home, people who live there are different. They are even those who do not belong to our family, but I take all of you the same way because I know the value of a person. You may be helped by a relative, a friend or even someone you don’t know, and when you do well, the goodness will surely follow you.” Ntibanyendera Elissam

“For sure I am instructed through these answers in a way that I am also able to teach others… I also thank you because we had a good conversation, I have understood many things that I didn’t know, but above all, I want you to give me some advice.” Muhawenimana Genevieve

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