Providing milk to the elderly 1994 Genocide survivors who were left without family members locally known as ‘Incike’ was officially started in all sectors of Rusizi district. This program is meant to promote the health of these survivors during their old age.
The program that was launched in Gihundwe sector on the June 30th, 2014, coincided with giving material support to the elderly Genocide survivors.
The support included clothes, food stuffs and hygiene tools from mothers in different kinds of work in this sector.
“We thought about this act during the Family Month Program when we knew we could help those with no families” explained Espérance Musabeyezu, one of the women in Gihundwe sector.
After Gihundwe sector, all sectors in Rusizi district picked up the trend to provide milk the Incike.
Mariamu Nyiraminani and Julienne Nzamwita are some off the elderly genocide survivors who were left with no family members during the 1994 genocide against Tutsis who were given the material support and milk.
“It is relieving knowing people think and relate to us even in our loneliness, we are indeed grateful for this support especially the emotional support of knowing we aren’t growing old in vain,” said Mariamu Nyiraminani.
The program of feeding milk to the Incike is said to be a continuous act that will be performed to the elderly.
These Incike are yet to get new accommodations especially those with old houses according to Janvier Habiyaremye the district official for the vulnerable.
According to the mayor of Rusizi district Oscar Nzeyimana, there are about 60 Incike in the district that need attention and care including getting daily milk provisions.