Musanze – Students at Ruhengeri Higher Institute of Education-INES are mourning the death of one of their colleagues who is believed to have committed suicide last weekend.
Elizabeth Nyiransabimana, 23, a second year student and Genocide survivor, had earlier suffered from severe trauma and depression, students said.
She had earlier been taken to Ndera Psychiatric Hospital and had hoped to resume school this year.
Her body was on Saturday discovered in a septic tank, at her uncle’s home in the Kigali suburb of Remera.
“She used to complain that life was difficult. She sometimes became traumatized, a condition that made her want to isolate herself. We used to comfort her, but last week, she recorded herself on a phone singing that “God receive my soul,” a former friend, Jean Leon Mudatsikira, said.
Nyiransabimana has been pursuing Biotechnology.
Born in Kirehe District, Nyiransabimana lost her parents and all siblings in 1994, Genocide. She sought refuge in Tanzania, where she stayed for five years without a trace.
A statement from INES-Ruhengeri, described Nyiransabimana as a very hard working and intelligent student.
“At the end of the academic year, she was promoted with over 14/20. In the Catholic community, Elizabeth was very dynamic and used to read the sermons during mass.
“She was also an active member of INES-AERG (Genocide survivor students association) and was very joyful and always ready to serve the community,’’ Fr Fabien Hagenimana, vice Rector Academics, eulogised.