Member of Parliament Bamporiki Edouard has vowed to sound alarm advocating for children born to raped mothers during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi especially those who failed to get funding for education.
Bamporiki made the promise over the weekend during a press briefing following the launch of his book dubbed ‘My Son It Is A Long Story’ which has testimonies from perpetrators of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi from different prisons in Rwanda.
Bamporiki explained that the establishment of Genocide Survivors Fund (FARG) disregarded children born of raped mothers.
“I consider it as oppression. As a parliamentarian on a human rights commission, I am going to raise the voice, speaking on behalf of such people,” he said.
Bamporiki explained that such children should be taken as most victims and hopes his ambitions will bring positive results.
“I undoubtedly hope that such children will find support especially those who failed to access education. This child born of parents who never engaged in love should be under government’s umbrella,” he said.
Some children born of raped mothers during the genocide who attended the launch of the book expressed concerns over daily hurdles experienced emanating from poverty and societal abuse.
Mugwaneza Jean Claude, a rape-result child, having completed secondary school education unveiled how her mom’s family nicknamed him ‘Rwibutso’ (memorial) because he reminds them of perpetrators who killed relatives.
“I knew the truth when I was in primary four. I was even challenged to get both parents’ names while making registration to sit for P6 exams. My mother was raped by three men. So I don’t know my father. We are always hurt because she doesn’t tell me whether he is jailed or escaped justice,” he said.
Nizomfura Josiane, another child whose mother was raped by three men, narrated the ordeal of how the mother tried to abort but failed and later persecuted her after birth saying the child always reminds her(mother) the dark past.
Nizomfura said she hardly gets money for school fees. She is now studying in second year at the university.
Mukabayire Valerie,the president of Avega Agahozo, an umbrella organization of women Genocide survivors told IGIHE last year that they have recorded 1,112 children born of raped mothers during genocide.
- MP Bamporiki at the launch of the book dubbed ‘My Son It Is A Long Story’