BBC Journalist Venuste Nshimiyimana has written a letter to a genocide survivor namely Veronica Uwimana.
The letter reads:
To beloved sister, Veronica Uwimana,
This is a very sad moment in your life and to others who were killed in cold blood in 1994.
I think about you today for I know you and the difficulties you are facing, I know your effort for reliance, your love for your children and for those who are in need.
During this period moment of commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi, I remember those who lost their lives at Eto Kicukiro where I sought refuge on April 7th, 1994. I remember how I called up of your family members who were killed. Your survival was a Lord’s miracle. Keep on self-relying while building Rwanda.
The international community, especially countries like France, Italy and Belgium that sent their forces in Rwanda for rescue of their nationals instead of saving Tutsi who were being killed. They must ask for forgiveness and pay compensation.
I remember every single day what we witnessed. My survival gives me strength fight for them. Wherever I am invited in any international conferences, I call upon those who failed to rescue people who were at ETO Kicukiro to recognize their mistakes and pay compensation for the families of the victims
I remember all survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi. My God receive the souls of your family members who were killed. Your survival was a Lord’s miracle. Keep on self-relying while building Rwanda.
I am writing to you to encourage you to never give up. I will stand by you, and by all survivors, for the genocide against the Tutsi to never happen again. I praise Almighty God for knowing you, such a loving and caring person. Those who died are still alive for they left us with others who are striving to build a new and prosperous Rwanda.
Brother, Venuste Nshimiyimana
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