The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority [RURA] promised to construct a house for a 61 year old man Alexis Rwakarema, a 1994 genocide survivor in Rukumberi who has been staying in other people’s home with his 6 children for the past 19years.
RURA took on this discussion as one way of helping vulnerable people in this area who suffered the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi since this place was badly affected.
As said by Beathee Mukangabo from RURA they decided to help this area, because it’s one area with very bad history of the genocide.
“We were helped by IBUKA and the National Commission Against the Genocide [CNLG] to select this area because it has very many people suffering all because of the bad incident that happened to them”, said Mukangabo.
In his words, Rwakarema thanked RURA for the help saying that he was so happy that at last he was going to leave his children somewhere.
It was however noted that the genocide survivor’s social wellbeing was improving a lot in this area compared to the past years by Callixte Kabandana from ARGR an association for genocide survivors in Rukumberi.
RURA did not only help this elderly man but also other 5 families of genocide survivors which they promised to continue helping in any way possible.
These people were encouraged to always strive for self-reliance which will help them gain self-respect.