Nurses and midwives assisted five families of survivors of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Gisagara District, providing them with cattle on the day it was celebrated the International Nurses day.
Before the celebration of the International Nurses Day, nurses and midwives honored victims of the Genocide Against Tutsi, buried at Kibirizi sector Genocide memorial in Gisagara district, as part of its Genocide against Tutsi commemoration activities.
After paying tribute to the Genocide victims and lying flowers at the memorial site, they handed cattle to survivors of the Genocide.
“These families used to have cattle, milk. We assisted them to make sure that at least they can have milk again, to compensate what they lost during the Genocide Against Tutsi,” said RNMU president André Gitembagara while handing the cattle to the families.
He added that nurses and midwives, thought they wouldn’t celebrate the International Nurses day without thinking about the tragic history the country went through.
“The country is in the period of 100 days of mourning the victims of the Genocide Against Tutsi. That is why we thought about coming here to Gisagara district and support genocide survivors while providing cattle,” said Gitembagara, explaining the context of cattle provision to survivors of the Genocide.
Uwimana Anne Marie is a Genocide survivor who lives in Kibirizi sector. She said that she owned cattle before the Genocide, but that was taken away by the killers in 1994.
“it is a joy that we have received the cattle. We appreciate this gesture, it is a sign of solidarity. We are thanking the President of the Republic who allowed us to become self-reliant again. We are thanking the Union to have thought about assisting us, as well as the district authority,” said Uwimana.
Bisanuko Richard from Muyira cell added:” I will have compost since I own cattle now. We were normal farmers; I was not able to buy a cow for myself. But now, I think I will improve my livestock”.
Damien Sibomana, the Executive Secretary of Kibirizi sector applauded nurses and midwives who provided cows to genocide survivor, noting the action is a testament of togetherness that is a mark of Rwanda tradition and culture.