Over 90 ex-combatants receive professional equipment

On 29 September 2023 at 08:19

A journey from life in combat to peace is often perceived as a challenging endeavor. However, for 92 former soldiers, some of whom were once affiliated with armed groups like the Democratic Force for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a terrorist organization that operated in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this transformation has been characterized by a resurgence of hope and success in their quest for reintegration.

On Thursday, September 28, 2023, the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC), tasked with facilitating the reintegration of ex-combatants, marked a significant milestone in this transition.

They provided professional equipment to these former rebels upon the completion of a qualifying training program at the Mutobo Demobilization and Reintegration Center, located in the Musanze District.

The comprehensive training programs encompass a wide range of vocational skills, including construction, electricity, sewing, plumbing, welding, agriculture, hairdressing and mechanics. The curricula for these professions are carefully designed to ease their transition into civilian life.

This event marked the 69th cohort of beneficiaries of such training, some of whom are eagerly awaiting conditional release next October. They received professional equipment as a gesture of encouragement to continue their journey towards rehabilitation and making a positive contribution to society.

Bizimana Hamissi, the Mayor of Musanze District, wholeheartedly endorsed this initiative and urged the recipients to utilize their newly acquired skills to fortify national unity and stability.

According to Valérie Nyirahabineza, Chairperson of RDRC, this initiative extends beyond mere material assistance; it signifies a crucial step toward establishing peace and harmony in the region, a cornerstone for Rwanda’s progress.

Major General Félicien Nsanzubukire, a former member of the CNRD-FLN militia, conveyed gratitude on behalf of the beneficiaries and emphasized their eager anticipation of a positive transformation in their daily lives. He reiterated their commitment to rebuilding the Rwandan social fabric.

With a past marked by conflict, these former combatants now wield tools of creation, not destruction. This symbolizes tangible hope for a peaceful and constructive future in the heart of Rwanda. Their determination to make a positive societal contribution serves as a beacon of hope, reflecting the resilience and commitment of the Rwandan people on their path to unity and reconciliation.

As these former combatants take hold of their new tools, they are not only shaping professions but also sculpting the hope of a harmonious future, one stone at a time. Their efforts are contributing to the vibrant heartbeat of Rwanda, a nation that aspires to join the ranks of emerging nations.

It was glamour as ex-combatants received professional equipment.
The ceremony took place at Mutobo Demobilization and Reintegration Center.
Valérie Nyirahabineza, the Chairperson of RDRC said that this initiative extends beyond mere material assistance.
Bizimana Hamissi, the Mayor of Musanze District endorsed this initiative and urged the recipients to utilize their newly acquired skills to fortify national unity and stability.