The 19th memorial period for the commemoration of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Ruhango District will emphasize on supporting the poor and vulnerable to improve their lifestyles and get them to development.
This will be a response to genocide survivors who get traumatized during the memorial period and get afraid to join others due to their social and physical conditions.
Verdean Mukankundiye is an old lady residing in Kanama village in Buhoro cell and Ruhango sector, she lives in a 2 bed roomed house rented by the sector with her 2 children, a cow and a goat.
Mukankundiye as well as other many genocide survivors has been living with hope on the promise they were made that they will be given accommodation.
“I was promised accommodation but I am still waiting in vain. During the genocide memorial period, I remember a life I used to live, my children and my family and feel unworthy to join others in the commemoration programs.”
In the meeting that brought together Ruhango district management and other councils that prepare the memorial period on 6th.March.2013 agreed to find the most vulnerable and poor people that will be supported in the memorial period.
Jolie Germaine Mugeni the vice mayor for social affairs in Ruhango district asked all committees and councils in the meeting to call upon all the local people to support the needy without waiting for their leaders to do so.
This will be done in accordance to the theme of this year memorial period saying “let us commemorate genocide perpetrated against Tutsis by developing ourselves”
Apart from this issue that was discussed of in this meeting, they also agreed on finding dead bodies of the victims of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis that were buried in tents to be put to rest in memorial sites and to keep maintaining the security of genocide survivors.