Nyiransabimana Verene & Muhoza Desire

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As the son of Nyiransabimana Verene, Muhoza Desire is curious about his mother’s past with his father. She is especially curious because Muhoza Desire grew up without his father. He passed away shortly after he was born. Nyiransabimana Verene loved her husband, and they became newlyweds when she was only seventeen. However, her beloved became sick with malaria and passed away when Muhoza Desire was only 5 or 6 years of age. Despite this, she continued to stay strong and raise her three children. She shares a story of how her house was destroyed twice and rebuilt it each time to provide a shelter for her family. Through her displays of bravery and kindness, Muhoza Desire learns how he should go about his life with love for others.

“Your father died when our house was destroyed, but I built a small house and it was destroyed again but after good people gave us roof we built another house. Problems decreased because when you have something to eat and somewhere to live, it is enough.” Nyiransabimana Verene

“I am satisfied and I thank her for all advices, I promise her to obey and follow her advices.” Muhoza Desire

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