Rwanda has just hosted a group of 91 young people from East Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo who came to join the Rwandan people in commemorating the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
I caught up with Eve Waithakah from Kenya who narrated her experience to the Teen Times.
Tell us about yourself?
I am a student at Jomo Kenyatta University doing a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. I am also involved in youth advocacy and I am a member of the East African Community (EAC)Youth Organization – Kenya Chapter.
What was in your mind before you came to Rwanda?
I heard a lot about Rwanda in the regional and international media. It was my first time to come to Rwanda and I was just confused but I expected to hear a lot from the people.
What does the East African Community Youth Organization do?
This is an organization that was setup by the East African Youth to help mainstream young people into the EAC! It started in 2007 and we are still doing all we can to make sure that it is a success.
What are some the things that you have learnt so far?
I have always believed that never judge a book by its cover! I had a lot about Rwanda both positive and negative but now I believe that Rwanda is the place to be. This country has achieved a lot! You are a true symbol of hope and there is a lot people can learn from Rwanda.
What are your worst memories in Rwanda?
The visit to Murambi Genocide Memorial Site was so moving! I could not believe how people could do such a thing to innocent people because of the way they were created. I felt so bad that even young babies that could not even say a word were killed.
Any happy memories from Rwanda?
The visit to the President’s Office was a great one. President Kagame is a great person. I immediately told my friends in Kenya that I had found a new role model. I was moved by the passion he has for his country. I liked the way he gives chance to young people to participate in national building.
Any final words?
I want to encourage all Rwandans to make the best of the chance given to them especially, the youth. They need to pay back President Paul Kagame because he has believed in them.