The residents of Bisika village in Mpanda cell in Byimana sector, Ruhango District have been applauded for the need to support genocide survivors even though there is no 1994 genocide survivor residing in this village.
During the closure of the memorial week on Saturday the 13th.April.2013, the residents of Bisika village collected about Rwf110.000 and gave it to the executive secretary of Mpanda cell Sothene Habarurema to be given to vulnerable genocide survivors in another village.
Bisika residents in a gathering
Abaturage ba bashimiwe cyane uruhare bagaragaje mu bikorwa byo gufasha abatishoboye barokotse jenoside
“It was gratifying to receive this money and seeing the motivation of Bisika village residents to support the genocide survivors in this period” said the executive secretary of Mpanda cell. This money was added to other collected money and they bought small bulls and gave them to Antoine Nashamaje and Bosco genocide survivors in this cell.
Jean Marie Nahayo The executive secretary of Byimana sector says “this is a sign of a big step taken by people towards unity and reconciliation taken by Rwandans.”
Apart from financial support given by Bisika village, residents of this village participated fully in the reconstruction of Byimana memorial site. The reconstruction involved taking off the tree fence and putting in place a brick fence and cleaning it.
Jean Marie Nahayo says “for the Byimana memorial site to be fully reconstructed, these residents participated fully. The basic renovation work required Rwf2.5 million but it was instead constructed worth2.4 million with Rwf1million from the district and the remaining Rwf1.4 was contributed by people in this sector.”
For Bisika village to be having no single genocide survivors is because even before the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis, there were no Tutsi residents in the village.