Rwanda: We will always remember. We will never forget.
I recently wrote a blog for Virgin Unite called ‘Forgiveness and peace after genocide’. It was to introduce one of three short films created in memory of those who lost their lives during the genocide inRwanda. The creation of the films was an incredibly emotional journey for all of us at Sundog Pictures, with Rwandans brave enough to relive their trauma to help share the story.
My name is Yves Kamuronsi and I’m 34. I’m married to my beautiful wife, Grace, and we have two boys who are six years and eleven months old. I work for Aegis Trust in Rwanda as Country Director and have been involved with Aegis and the Kigali Genocide Memorial since 2004. I was part of the team that created the memorial exhibition, which is now visited by thousands of people every week.
I was 13 years old during the Genocide against the Tutsi. My parents and my older brother were killed. I survived with my two younger sisters, Martine and Nadine, who were 12 and eight years old.
I can’t begin to imagine the atrocities you witnessed during the Genocide in Rwanda – how do you learn to accept the things you have seen and continue a ‘normal’ life?
Life has changed a lot since the Genocide. Today, Rwanda is a very different country than what it used to be. I feel safe and secure. I don’t fear that someone will kill me or my family because of who we are. As a survivor, you learn how to appreciate life and have hope for the future. We have made the big decision to live a life that our parents were deprived of and show those who killed them that we are alive and strong.
We decided not to take revenge but rather embrace life and build our own families. I was helped a lot and encouraged by other survivors who suffered even more than I did. I have seen that they are strong and are able to share their testimonies to help others. The government in Rwanda has also put a lot of effort into integrating survivors and accompanying them in their recovery. Punishing perpetrators of the Genocide and ensuring they face justice has helped this process.
We want a better future for our children. We will always remember. We will never forget.
Aegis Trust are an NGO working to prevent genocide in the world. Our brief was to give a context for visitors to the Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. This film was the introduction to the visit, filmed by the brilliant Jenny Ash....More
This second film was designed to play at the end of the tour of the Genocide Memorial to leave visitors with a message of hope. ...More