In the spirit of celebrating #HeroesDay2018, our photo journalism series pays homage to veterans of the Liberation Struggle who, like many others, gave their all for Rwanda.
John Ndekezi joined the army in 1991, in logistics. 'I have my own 2 kids and 3 adoptive children. A country that always remembers us: they didn't let us beg for food on the street. Peace starts by way of living: I can afford food, I have a house that's at peace'. / Nadege Imbabazi
Jonathan Muvunyi was injured in 1994. He was 18. Hospitalized in Byumba from '94 to 2008, when he received a house. He adopted 3 kids; his last-born is graduating from university this year. "I am so happy for my country's development, we got what we fought for". / Nadege Imbabazi
Jules Karagirwa was injured in 1994 when a grenade landed next to him and the fragments damaged his body. Upon reaching the hospital at Byumba, Rushaki, he was told his legs had to be amputated. "I now have one Kid. I have 3 cows and I am a farmer." / Nadege Imbabazi
Protogene Biraguma was injured in 1994 in Kibungo, now Ngoma. He was 18. injured by a bullet, he was hospitalized in Kibungo hospital from '94 until 2008. He received a house and started a business, the bar he owns. He adopted 2 nieces whom he takes care of #HeroesDay2018. / Nadege Imbabazi
Sam Ruhorahoza was injured in 1992 in Ruhengeri, now Northern Province. He was 15. Injured by 2 bullets, he was hospitalized from '92 to '97. Rwanda Mobilization Rehabilitation Commission takes care of him; he received a house in 2009, and adopted 2 children #HeroesDay2018. / Nadege Imbabazi