Insight

Don’t let malaria haunt you during pregnancy

From the moment a woman conceives, what runs in the mind of the family is a bundle of joy. But what lurks in the shadows of her dream is a thing called malaria. The disease, deadliest in sub-Saharan Africa, takes the blame but at no time is its vicious felt so hard than in pregnant women or in...

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 12:00am

Meet Nyirabarame, Rwanda’s famous female athlete

Athletics is among the flourishing sports in Rwanda. Over the last decade, the sport has produced some elite runners like Disi Dieudonne, Claudette Mukasakindi and Epiphanie Nyirabarame whose star is shining. Nyirabarame, a two-time Olympiad specialises in marathon and long-distance running. She...

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 12:00am

Would you carry the cross to the crucifixion?

TODAY is Good Friday and some Roman Catholics in the Philippines mark the day by re-enacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.   Real nails are driven through their hands and feet. They are whipped until blood starts oozing out and allow themselves to be crucified. The decades-old practice...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:00am

Surviving the Genocide was a turning point in my life – Mukankaka

ALTHOUGH many people make promises to God when they are going through hard times and forget to fulfill them, Rose Gakwandi Mukankaka kept her promise to God after surviving the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.  She was at home with children when all hell broke loose. Her late husband was away...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:00am

Feeding programme to boost performance

The recent government leadership retreat recommended an appropriate school feeding programme for learners aimed at improving the quality of education in the country. The programme demands that on top of existing feeding interventions like the ‘One Child One Cup of Milk’ twice a week,...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:00am

Govt intensifies fight against ‘potato taste’ defect in coffee

The government has unveiled initiatives aimed at combating the potato taste defect in the country’s coffee, which is threatening to reduce confidence in Rwanda’s high quality coffee.  The potato taste defect - thought to be caused by an insect pest called the “antestia bug...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:00am

Danger lurks when you abandon prescription pills

When Stephanie Mukampabuka had fever, she was prescribed pills for four days. “I had a very bad cough. I could cough all day and night, but when after taking the medication for a few days I felt better, I stopped taking them,” she says. Mukampabuka, a resident of Kayonza District in...

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 12:00am

I narrowly survived Genocide - pro golfer Ruterana

Rwanda’s first professional golfer, Emmanuel Ruterana has lived to tell the story of his near brush with death after surviving the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. His father was killed in the Genocide.  “We never knew we would live to today, we lost our loved ones but we survived for...

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:00am

How music has healed the Genocide wounds

Music transcends barriers and borders. It’s the language everyone understands regardless of their tribe or race. It is the soul of unity, love and peace. It can bond even the worst of enemies and has been used before to forge reconciliation in broken societies. However, if misused, music can...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 12:00am

Women and Genocide twenty years later

The perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi used rape as a tool against women. Women were physically and sexually abused. They endured horrific acts of torture and rape.  Twenty years later, some women are still traumatised and have permanent scars- a bitter reminder of the horror...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:00am

ICTR: Rwanda was justified to shun Resolution 955, after all...

Rwanda may have, in 1994, requested for the setting up of an international court to prosecute key masterminds of the Genocide against the Tutsi, but what is probably unknown to many is that government never consented to the resolution that would establish the court. On November 8, 1994 as the UN...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 12:00am

Where slave traders failed, Bagosora could not succeed

The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was not spontaneous, contrary to what perpetrators and their sympathisers have been peddling. Its roots run deeper and are entangled with foreign players; Belgium and sections of the Catholic Church, especially the White Fathers. Before the advent of the white...

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:00am

Condemned to live: Coping with post-Genocide trauma

Joyeuse Majyambere lived in Gishushu, a Kigali City suburb in 1994. At the dawn of the year, the perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi started setting up bases around their neighbourhood. By March, things were getting edgy. “I got home one evening and found they had put up...

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 12:00am

Football is my life, says Amavubi’s Iranzi

LIKE in most parts of the world, football is the most popular sport in Rwanda and has produced a number of big names over the years. But most recently it produced APR and Amavubi’s Jean-Claude Iranzi. The 23-year-old Iranzi is a left-footed dynamic footballer, who can play as a left-back,...

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Embrace them as they return home

The writer John Green has the bestselling book titled, The Fault of our Stars, which tells a tale of three teenagers battling end stage cancer not only bravely, but with a sense of humour and embracing it like they would not have wished to have it any other way. The fictional characters are...

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwanda’s transformation through the eyes of female journalists

With the negative role the media played in fanning the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, one would say it became the most unpopular profession to venture into in the aftermath of the Genocide. Women Today’s Doreen Umutesi spoke to four Rwandan female journalists on what inspired them to join...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 12:00am

At 30, Wibabara is a PhD holder and a mother

As a child, the 30-year-old Charity Wibabara always wanted to become a great lawyer but it had never occurred to her that she would actually go as far as pursuing a PhD in International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice. But how did she manage to juggle family, work and school at the same time...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:00am

Climate change: Africa to sink deeper into poverty - UN report

YOKOHAMA – The impacts of global warming are likely to be ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible’, a major report by the UN has warned. Scientists and officials meeting in Japan say the document is the most comprehensive assessment to date of the impacts of climate change on the...

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Tetanus: That ‘tiny’ wound could be the death of you

When a hoe scrapes your big toe while busy gardening, the immediate concern would be if it is bleeding or not. As long as it does not hurt too bad to stop you from hoeing on, then work continues. Anything to tincture the bleeding such as herbs may be applied to the wound as a temporary remedy. Many...

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Police FC out to avoid any slip ups

TodayPolice vs SC Kiyovu 3:30pmEsperance vs Espoir Gicumbi vs Amagaju   SundayRayon Sports vs Etincelles 3:30pmAPR vs Musanze Marines vs AS Muhanga  Police Football Club take on SC Kiyovu in a potentially explosive...

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 12:00am

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