SORAS Group has remembered the nine of her staff that were victims of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi. The commemoration started with a holy mass in St Michel Cathedral, which has been followed by a walk of remembrance and wreath lying on the memory site.
Speaking during the commemoration event, Charles Mporanyi, the SORAS Group chairman board of directors said focused on remembrance as Rwandan culture to console bereaved families adding that crowding to remember is one tool to fight against genocide denial.
The group has been supporting the affected families to enable them regain hope and dignity. “It is our Rwandan culture to comfort our people both physically and psychologically to whoever is met with tragedies. As we meet to remember, it is important we give strength to the affected families,” Mporanyi said. He said SORAS Group supported genocide survivors into designing and financing projects as away to renew their hope and drive towards self reliance.
The Group has moved to set up a commission that is in charge of supporting vulnerable survivors starting with families whose departed relatives were SORAS staff. “These are important acts of varlour that require to be accentuated. Other than health services and other basic needs, the survivors need shelter and hope ; this hope is what heightens their confidence and look to the future with good aspirations. It is what reduces trauma and distress,” observed Mr. Mporanyi. Some of the projects that have been created include keeping cows and small businesses. SORAS have as well supported a number of families of whose members with victims that were SORAS Remembers Healing involves restoring hope not staff and, especially, Mugina Sector.
The eight families were provided with eight cows which have since calved, bringing the present numbers to about sixteen, and diversified into modern farming having been provided with improved seeds by SORAS
Jean Paul Kagabo, an official from IBUKA (the umbrella for genocide survivor organisations) noted that remembering is a part of fighting genocide denial especially when it complements other programs that aim at boosting the welfare of survivors. Testifying about the atrocities that tore the country and inculcating positive values is a one way of promoting the ‘Never Again’ initiative. He implored the need of extended partnership with private companies to support all old women ; orphans who are genocide survivors that are in need of accommodation and other basic needs. “Restoring unity and observing reconciliation must be given high priority, keeping denials at bay and presenting undistorted history to the young generation,” he said.
Gaspard Gasasira who was representing CNLG said the support to genocide survivors is a contribution that sows hope. “Genocide was a tragedy that befell Rwanda and the entire humanity ; the economy, the polity and the social fabric were all strangled. It is therefore important to promote the values of oneness,” he appealed.
Josiane Uwunkunda, a survivor, the sister of one of the former SORAS staff killed ,in her tragic story said when she was living in Remera, they could most of the time be confined to their rooms for fear of being attacked by militia that were always thirsting for blood a few days before the genocide broke out. “Before two months to genocide break out, we were facing daily torture which led us to shift to another area in Nyakabanda of Nyamirambo area away from the killers. But it was in vain as most of our relatives were killed there. We appreciate that some survived many of who are now healing of trauma,” she appreciated.