Sensitization of Rwandan refugees crucial

Editor, I wish to react to a story that appeared in The Newtimes this week which revealed that there would be no refugee status after 2011. I want to state on record that for the last sixteen years after the 1994 against Tutsi Genocide, the country has emerged from the ashes of genocide and embarked on the long road of national healing, unity and reconciliation.
L-R Didacus Obunga of OIM, Gatsinzi Marcel, Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Paul Gomis Project Manager of OIM during the workshop, (File photo)
L-R Didacus Obunga of OIM, Gatsinzi Marcel, Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Paul Gomis Project Manager of OIM during the workshop, (File photo)

Editor,

I wish to react to a story that appeared in The Newtimes this week which revealed that there would be no refugee status after 2011. I want to state on record that for the last sixteen years after the 1994 against Tutsi Genocide, the country has emerged from the ashes of genocide and embarked on the long road of national healing, unity and reconciliation.

Life before the genocide was tense and Rwandans were being persecuted. There was extra judicial killings and discrimination among Rwandans. People were   forced into exile and were barred from returning to their motherland. Many Rwandans stayed in exile living destitute lives.

However, today there is a total peace, security, good governance and development and there is absolutely no reason why people should remain in exile. What we need to do as Rwandans at all levels of governance is to stand up and tell the Rwandans living in exile the truth about what is happening on the ground in Rwanda.

Some Rwandans remain in exile because they are always misled by self seekers who have their own agenda.

Godfrey Kalisa,
Kimironko

 

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