Justine Rukeba Mbabazi is an international lawyer, international development practitioner, and author of the book “This is Your Time, Rwanda: Emerging Story of a Bold Nation and its Brilliant Destiny.”
The book delivers victorious stories of courageous people that, over the last 19 years, have successfully rebuilt the country into the thriving metropolis it is today.
QN: What bothers you?
Ans: The fact that people still ask ‘Where is Rwanda?’, or even more tragically, ‘What is genocide?’ Today Rwanda is ranked as number one country in the world with 56 per cent women in parliament and there are at least 30 per cent of them at every level of decision-making in government institutions. We were rated one of the best nations to be born a girl and our children are being equipped to become technological leaders through the One Laptop Per Child Program developed by President Paul Kagame.
We can no longer be defined by Genocide against the Tutsi. We are far beyond those horrendous days.
QN: What is “This is Your Time, Rwanda” all about?
ANS: The book is about the reality of Genocide against the Tutsi that happened 19 years ago. The people lost everything but never gave up. The book unfolds the tangible rebirth of this nation and identifies real measurable results of the power of reformation.
The book identifies the causes of civil unrest in Rwanda and how this unrest over several decades led to the genocide. It tackles what could have been done to avoid the genocide.
Finally the book shows the power of dreaming big and accomplishing big things.
QN: Who should buy your book?
ANS: The book is an inspiration for those individuals, ordinary citizens, civil society leaders, political leaders, religious leaders, and everyone who needs to learn the way of rebuilding a nation or a society and even rebuilding oneself as an individual.
The people who should read the book are those seeking solutions to political unrest, national atrocities, persons that believe in positive global change and individuals seeking recovery from trauma.
The book will also be of great interest to those looking for a historical perspective on the Rwandan genocide and recovery. It will also be of great interest to students and youth who seek to learn from history and develop values that will bring about the best future for their current society.