This is with reference to article, “How Genocide survivor beat the odds to become an enviable farmer”, (The New Times, October 16).
For sure, this is the kind of story that both national and international media should relay more often. Because it is not about just one person’s much improved living conditions –which is satisfying in itself – but about the many additional anonymous ones, who have been able to take advantage of programmes and policies designed by the Government of Rwanda to lift Rwandans out of poverty.
The bigger narrative here is the country’s vision for its people translated into concrete and measurable actions. These should be the stories to tell, as they reflect the realities of a country moving forward.
Factually and objectively, they speak volumes about the leadership’s engagement with its people. Nothing’s made up, it’s all there for anyone to see and check.
If all media based in Rwanda – again, national and international – focused on these every day stories, they would not become willing or unwilling preys to the imaginative “plots” of those that are determined to create detrimental stories about the Rwandan Government’s intentions, simply because they have something to gain from it – whether that gain is ideological, political or materialistic.