26 June 2012

Rwanda: More Efforts Needed for Rwandans to Develop Complete Forgiveness - Survivors

People who survived the 1994 genocide against Tutsi at Rwinkwavu Hospital in Kayonza District say they need much strength for Rwandans to be able to live well together and fight the hatred planted deep in their mind and souls.

This was said during the function to commemorate health workers in hospitals and health centers in Kayonza district that were killed during the1994 genocide against Tutsi that was held on the 22nd.June.2012 at Rwinkwavu hospital.

Innocent Gatera who survived the genocide at this hospital said that Rwandans were hurt in their hearts and minds and it won't be easy to make them better. He said that everyone's consent and efforts is needed to fight this hatred they were taught.

Some of those who testified in this function said that the effects of genocide touched both sides of those who killed and those who were killed. Gatera said that all Rwandans should reconcile and get over the tribes and marry each other because both sides suffered in their own way but it's now time to come together and build their country that was destroyed.

Apart from workers that were killed, patients that were killed in this hospital were also commemorated. Though the statistics of people that were killed be it workers or patients is not yet known and everyone who has information were asked to provide it.

About the author

Gahiji Innocent is the chief political columnist for Newsofrwanda.He grew up in Kampala,Uganda before moving to Rwanda.His column is syndicated to newspapers around the country. He has written columns from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel and South Africa. Gahiji , who has a B.A. degree in English from the University of Illinois, has been a Poynter Media Fellow at Yale University,

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