Uwayezu Dieu Domme & Gota Issa

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Gota Issa asks his father, Uwayezu Dieu Domme, to explain the difference between how Rwandese lived in the past and how they live today. Uwayezu Dieu Domme takes this opportunity to describe how life was in Rwanda before ethnicities were brought by the white people. This was a time when Rwandese respected and helped each other, regardless of their background. Uwayezu Dieu Domme hopes that the Rwandese today can learn from the culture of their ancestors and start to respect each other once again. He notes that “the most important battle is to know history.”

“I get this from the education I received from my parents. Our parents used to talk to us and advise us to do good things to other people. They would advise us to obey people, especially to obey people who are older than us. As you know, our parents had no formal education but they had a good culture that they got from their ancestors. So I also have to pass on this education to my children and I hope it will remain stuck in their minds and will help them in their future life.” Uwayezu Dieu Domme

“The first gain is that this will help me have a bright future and this will also help me live in good terms with my colleagues. I will be able to live in good terms with those who committed crimes and even with those who were victims. I will be able to live in good terms with people I meet in different clubs and churches.” Gota Issa

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