Umamwezi Philomene & Masengesho Rosine

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Both Masengesho Rosine and her grandmother have experienced the hardships that women faced, the genocide, and life as orphans. But have never before spoken to one another about their lives. Umamwezi Philomene acknowledges the hurt and suffering women in particular have struggled with in Rwandan history, but sees a bright future for Masengesho Rosine through her youth and educational opportunities. Most importantly, she reminds her that all Rwandans should stand together for justice and peace, and being an orphan does not mean you cannot find a parent to advise you in times of need.

"This is a situation where people killed all our parents during genocide. Such people we meet but no one has ever thought of even to ask forgiveness. That pain even makes someone traumatized." Masengesho Rosine

"...don’t always hesitate to [say] sometimes, “I might be sick,” as the life that we went through somehow left us lame to the extent that sometimes I can even spend like a month when I don’t want to hear anything. But you can tell any other parent your problem, or you tell me and then I also tell someone that, “please my child has a problem, comfort her.” Always say it as quick as possible." Umamwezi Philomene

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