Susa village in Musanze(Northern Province) is called “Unity and Reconciliation village”. It is named so, because it shelters people of different background after 1994 genocide against Tutsi, and this cohabitation moves out suspicion over different history on regard of genocide.
The village is in Ruhengeri cell, Muhoza sector. It was built by the Government of Rwanda, aiming at resettling various people, with various background and various views on Genocide. There are survivors of genocide, families of genociders and marginalized people (indigenous), all together for Unity and reconciliation.
Regularly, leaders come to them and talk about Unity, Reconciliation, Ndi Umunyarwanda( Am Rwandan) programs. They also discuss on genocide ideology, its impact and how to fight it.
Susa residents attest to Izubarirashe.rw that they’re proud of living together in this village, all as one Rwandan, 23 years after genocide. They’re unified, trust one another, and have forded individualism.
Speciose Kabaraza, a genocide widow traces the path of trust in this village. “At the beginning, we thought it couldn’t work. No one believed that we could live together in one village like this, peacefully. Every group was accusing another about the past of our country”.
She says they’ve progressively feel comfortable with neighbors, after lessons on unity and forgiveness. “I finally felt delivered, now am ok with them, they’re my brothers. I no longer flee them, we support one another, we make inter marriages, visits; and we feel as Rwandans, nothing else”, she adds.
Rukundo Anastase, 69 years, recently repatriated from Congo confirms unity in Susa village. “Coming from asylum, I was afraid. I couldn’t believe hospitality in this country, with people whose relatives have been killed by my brothers. But with Ndi umunyarwanda program, I overcome all my fears”, he says. They all preach unity and development, instead of hatred.
Susa village of Unity and reconciliation is made of 467 families, with a population of 1712. Their cohabitation is product of unity seeds from the Government, as attested by Elia Sibomana who leads the village since 2008.
Karegeya Jean Baptiste