Rubavu residents working in associations aimed at psychological healing , unity and reconciliation known as ‘Mvura Nkuvure’ (Let’s Heal Each Other) have commended attained progress as they have had wounds left by the 1994 genocide against Tutsi healed through discussions of their livelihoods where 3,653 residents have reconciled under this program.
This was revealed last week in Rubavu district in an event meant to assess the success of ‘Mvura Nkuvure’ since its inception, three years ago.
‘Mvura Nkuvure’ brings together survivors and relatives of genocide perpetrators where they meet to discuss history of the mayhem that ruined the country in 1994 and seek how to cooperatively overcome such tragedy and direct their efforts in development projects.
The associations are aimed at promoting unity and reconciliation. Some survivors attest that the program has helped them in the resilience process.
“I would keep myself in isolation and decline to reveal my problems to neighbors. I used to wonder ‘If a person accepts to have killed, why can’t he/she be killed too?’ ”said Ndayambaje François, a survivor.
“ I thought about selling the home of my father not to be in neighborhood with people who killed my relatives but I later changed. Through Mvura Nkuvure talks, I used to meet my fellows whose problems were beyond mine. I later managed to meet and discuss with perpetrators who killed my relatives. Today we live in harmony due to fruitful lessons learnt through from Mvura Nkuvure program,” he added.
The vice mayor of Rubavu district in charge of social welfare, Uwampayizina Marie Grace said that the program has pulled survivors out of isolationism and loneliness.
“A resident cannot progress in any anyway when he/she is hostile. However, the program of Mvura Nkuvure will help them towards resilience and advance in development, “she said.
Rutayisire Fidèle, the leader of Mvura Nkuvure program in Rwanda says that 75% of survivors in this program in Rubavu district had their wounds healed.
“We have tangible examples where a genocide survivor would get a new house but don’t live in it over lacking peace of mind. However, he returned in it 15 weeks after wounds were healed. Particularly, 75% survivors reconciled with perpetrators,” he said.
Renzaho Giovani, an officer of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission in charge of Ndi Umunyarwanda said that it is not easy to progress with an unhealed wounds and commended members of Mvura Nkuvura for the attained achievements.
- Participants of Mvura Nkuvure program during the assessment of its successfulness in Rubavu district last week