Caption: Bolloré MD, Gilles Schwarz lays wreaths at the graves of victims at Jali Genocide memorial site
BY STEVEN MUVUNYI
Last Friday, staff of Bolloré transport and logistics company, honored over 25,000 victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi resting at Jali genocide memorial site in Nkusi cell, Jali sector in Rulindo district.
The company also remembered former employees killed in the genocide.
Caption: Bolloré employees pay tribute to the victims of the Genocide
Gilles Schwarz, Managing Director of Bolloré Transport & Logistics, said the visit was an opportunity to honor children, men and women killed in the genocide and to support survivors.
“It is an opportunity to participate in the commemoration of the genocide against Tutsi to remember what happened and support the people who endured regrettable times in the genocide,” he said.
Caption: A memorial site official receives a cheque from Bolloré MD to renovate the site
He also reiterated that the progress made in Rwanda demonstrates hope for a bright future for Rwandans.
Bolloré Transport& Logistics supported genocide widows by paying health insurance for 46 families for year 2017/2018 ; the company also donated money to refurbish Jali Memorial Site that was built in1997.
Mary Bahizi who spoke on behalf of the widows, hailed Bolloré Transport & Logistics for its support.
“We faced a tragedy that shocked us beyond bearing. It is from such people with compassion, humanity that we got over the haunting memories that could have otherwise held us in the past. We are now strong and optimistic,” she said.
Emerita Mukangarambe who survived the genocide in Jali, recounted the horrible story of the genocide at Jali. She spoke of victims’ vain resistance with stones against ruthless killers.
Caption: Some of the widows supported by Bolloré
She said victims took refuge at a military barrack expecting to be safe but soldiers surprisingly helped Interahamwe militias to kill them.
According to her, even their godfathers could not spare them. Mukangarambe ended with a soothing story of how RPA-Inkotanyi rescued them.
Caption: A monument for former employees of Bolloré killed in the Genocide against the Tutsi