Tributes to the First Lady

Editor, I want to thank the First Lady for such a comforting article. Two decades ago, Rwandans, especially women and children, went through hell. There are so many women who walk with fresh wounds in their hearts. They had children and lost them all yet they are unable to conceive again, many were raped but don’t want to reveal that to their husbands. 
The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, with young survivors at a past event. (File)
The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, with young survivors at a past event. (File)

Editor

REFER TO the First Lady Jeannette Kagame’s article, “To all the women who bore the heaviest burden of our history” (The New Times, April 1). 

I want to thank the First Lady for such a comforting article. Two decades ago, Rwandans, especially women and children, went through hell. There are so many women who walk with fresh wounds in their hearts. They had children and lost them all yet they are unable to conceive again, many were raped but don’t want to reveal that to their husbands. 

Putting myself into their shoes, I would find peace in taking my own life – but they didn’t, and their hearts are focused to a better future. They know that they have someone (the First Lady) to care for them, shelter them, feed their children and pay for their school fees, to ensure that they get proper and swift medication, to facilitate them to access small loans from the bank so that they can start their own businesses…

Those women no longer live in misery. Even if it will take decades for their wounds to heal, at least they know that there’s someone who’s caring for them, their own friend, child, mother and sister. That’s the First Lady. 

May God bless the First Lady in everything she does for this country.

Mutara Intore, Rwanda

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I WISH to pass on my sincere thanks to our First Lady for the good work she does for us young ladies. This article shows how much she loves and cares for the girls and women of Rwanda. I read it and couldn’t help shedding tears.

May God bless her abundantly for the service she’s rendering to our country. Yes, we shall never give up; our bones were broken to pieces, but not our spirits.

Josephine Uwamariya, Rwanda

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I WANT to say thank you to our First Lady Madame Jeannette Kagame for such an inspiring article.

It captures the situation in Rwanda. She spoke clearly for millions of Rwandan women in a way that nobody has done so before.

Sheila Mukamugenza, Rwanda

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WHAT AN incredibly gracious tribute to our mothers and sisters whose lives bore and still bear the brunt of the grimmest trial of all time. 

The prose does contain a lot more than just words – there’s life in that article. I’m moved and I wish I was able to put it all in a poetry frame. God bless Rwanda, God bless our great leaders.

JD Gakuba, Rwanda

 

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