We reported the recent announcement by the Directorate of Immigration and Emigration that 35 foreigners have, so far, acquired Rwandan citizenship.
In addition to this, the Directorate revealed that it is currently processing more applications. While nationality can be understood as simply the status of belonging to a particular nation, either by birth or naturalization, it carries much more.
Being Rwandan is not simply about having an official document stating that you are Rwandan. A passport, an identity card or a drivers license are all important; however, being a fully-fledged member of the Rwandan community is about community and responsibility.
A Rwandan does not see their neighbour suffering from deprivation and turn away. If you are able to lighten the burden, however modestly, that is what you do. We share our harvest with family, friends and neighbours. This is an act that reinforces our own responsibility to our community.
The last Saturday of every month, we wake up early in the morning to work together for the betterment of our community. We cut the grass, unblock the trenches, plant trees and clean the streets.
Not because we are forced to, but because we understand that this communal work, Umuganda, is essential to the cleanliness of our immediate environs.