One of the houses built for genocide survivors in Gisagara district
Rwanda’s Reserve Force (Inkeragutabara) on Monday handed over houses to genocide survivors in Nyaruguru diatrict. The Reserve Force built them to ensure the survivors have comfortable accommodation ahead of 20th commemoration of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis.
Nyaruguru District Mayor Francois Habitegeko appreciated the work done by the Reserve Force that is led by Lt Gen. Fred Ibingira, noting that the Reserve Force worked hard and quickly compared to other contractors that had been hired to construct houses for genocide survivors.
“These houses were constructed in the shortest period. The houses are up-to-date according to the contracts signed; they are far better and stronger than houses that were built before for genocide survivors,” Said Mayor Francois Habitegeko.
The genocide survivors who received houses will no longer have accommodation issues that they previously experienced after the 1994 genocide against Tutsis.
“The genocide survivors will now feel secure and settled in good houses especially in this period when they will be reliving their past,” commented Leandre Karekezi, Mayor of Gisagara District.
Rebuilding and renovating the houses for genocide survivors is being done in 21 districts of Rwanda. The Reserve force took over the project to quicken the construction and renovation of these houses before the 20th commemoration period.
About 85 houses were built for 38 families of the vulnerable genocide survivors in Gisagara district. These houses have kitchens with energy saving stoves (using special charcoal), toilets and water pipes.