First Lady of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame, inaugurated a multi-million complex in Nyamata, Bugesera district which will accommodate about 80 elderly widows and widowers whose families were completely wiped out during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi leaving them as the only survivors.

The Rwf2 billion worth complex constructed by FARG – an assistance fund for the survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is home to over 30 widows and widowers as at inauguration and up to 134 beneficiaries identified as Genocide survivors under similar circumstances will be moving in gradually.

Newly inaugurated Bugesera complex, home for elderly genocide survivors.

“Such acts of helping the needy and the most vulnerable in our community, especially the Genocide survivors will go a long way in bringing about sustainable development in our country,” said Rwanda’s first lady.

“During this time of the year, we remember and pay tribute to the young men and women who liberated our country. We honor our beloved ones who lost their lives during the Genocide. It is also a time that reminds of the task we have at hand to build a resilient Rwanda,” Rwanda’s First lady emphasized.

The newly inaugurated complex in Bugesera, one of the areas in Rwanda whose biggest part of the population was killed during the Genocide is the most versatile so far. It has a business mall, health post and a multipurpose hall among other amenities to generate income which will in return be used to cater for the smooth running of the hostel. Other facilities have been built in the districts of Huye, Nyanza, Rulindo, Kamonyi and Kayonza.

While encouraging them to be strong, Rwanda’s first lady said, “We are honored to be called your children and we will keep drawing our strength from your ever-present courage and kindness,” with humility.

Richard Mutabazi, the mayor of Bugesera District commended the central government for the continuous attention paid towards vulnerable survivors – saying it is a boost to the area’s pursuit of socio-economic transformation.

“We are thankful to the government and Unity Club which continue to offer a helping hand to these people who have no relative left to rely on,” Mutabazi said.

Rwanda’s First Lady with the elderly at Busegera complex.

One of the beneficiaries Belancille Bagirinka, in her mid-80s, narrated of how she endured fending for herself and trying to overcome the pain of losing her entire family for the past 24 years.

Her face radiating with joy, Bagirinka appreciated saying, “With this new home, joining fellow elderly genocide widows helps me to share my sorrow and joy with new family members. We have people who take care of us, provide us with food and our beds are clean. I have nothing to worry about now. I can’t thank the government enough for being mindful of us.”

Life is a cycle and our elders need us as much as we needed them when we were younger. #Rewordit

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