Rwandans should tell their Liberation stories

Editor, I WISH to react to Albert Rudatsimburwa’s article, “20 years after Genocide: Rwanda’s message to the world” (Sunday Times, July 6).

Editor,

I WISH to react to Albert Rudatsimburwa’s article, “20 years after Genocide: Rwanda’s message to the world” (Sunday Times, July 6).

First, I wish to thank Mr. Rudatsimburwa for this excellent liberation message. It touches the hearts of many of us because it is so eerily similar to the stories each Rwandan has lived with a few variations in place, time and specific experiences. 

Like someone else said, you should consider a full-fledged book to pass on these experiences to the younger generation—and the not so young. And while I think of it, why don’t all of you, fellow Rwandans, come out with all those incredible stories of your own experiences that collectively represent our nation’s journey?

If we don’t, others will— and, like President Paul Kagame said at Amahoro National Stadium on Kwibohora20 about interpreters – distort our reality, even if, for some of them, sometimes unintentionally.

Mwene Kalinda, Rwanda

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WHEN I started reading it it was like a novel; in the middle, I started crying yet at the end I was rejoicing in my heart. 

Kindly write a book on our recovery as a people — I know you can — and you will have made another huge contribution to this nation. Thank you once again.

Peter, Rwanda 

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THE STORY is moving and well told. I trust this is a good story for our next generation who need desperately to understand the true story of our country, innocent and well intentioned as they are; we need such writings which might sink to their intellectual learning and bypass the distorted media messages, which are there just to divert our goal of developing Rwanda. Thanks again and keep writing.

Aline, Switzerland 

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