Karongi District Pledges Swift Action to Address Accommodation Challenges for Genocide Survivors

During the solemn opening ceremony of the 30th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsis in 1994, held in Birambo, Gashari Sector on April 7, 2024, Mayor Mukase Valentine of Karongi District made a heartfelt commitment to rectify the pressing issue of accommodation faced by survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsis.

Mayor Mukase, in collaboration with stakeholders, underscored the urgency of swiftly resolving the accommodation crisis for the survivors of the devastating Genocide against the Tutsis. This pledge comes in response to President of Ibuka in Karongi District, Ngarambe Vedaste’s poignant revelation during the ceremony, shedding light on the dire circumstances endured by many survivors.

Ngarambe Vedaste, President of Ibuka in Karongi District during his speech

Ngarambe expressed appreciation for Karongi District’s dedicated efforts in assisting Genocide survivors, highlighting the provision of shelters and other social support.

He remarked,

Many Genocide survivors have secured shelters for accommodation and have received assistance through various social programs… We appreciate the effort Karongi district has put into completing the Gacaca cases, with more than 4000 already resolved. Now, only 58 cases remain, and we hope for their swift resolution.”

Addressing the critical issue of accommodation, Ngarambe emphasized its significance, citing the aging condition of many houses built by survivors post-Genocide. He urged the district administration to prioritize repairs to ensure the safety and well-being of Genocide survivors.

Mayor Mukase reassured Genocide survivors of unwavering support, affirming the district’s commitment to resolving accommodation challenges. She stated,

We are aware that some Genocide survivors are facing accommodation issues due to the age and condition of their homes, which require repairs or renovations. We acknowledge this challenge and, in collaboration with our stakeholders, we assure you that it will be addressed promptly.”

In addition to addressing immediate needs, Mayor Mukase emphasized the district’s dedication to preserving the memory of the genocide through various monuments. This preservation effort aims to educate future generations about the history and impact of the Genocide against the Tutsis.

During the solemn opening ceremony of the 30th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsis in 1994

1451 houses are slated for repairs, while plans are in place to construct 750 new houses, with 15 already underway. These initiatives represent a tangible step towards fulfilling the promise of ensuring dignified living conditions for Genocide survivors.

IBUKA is an umbrella organization of survivors, associations, concerned individuals and other organizations that fight against the genocide and its effects onto survivors thereby contributing to the rehabilitation of survivors and Rwanda society in general. IBUKA is an independent, non-profit organization created in 1995, and legally recognized by the government of Rwanda in 2001.

Gashonga Jean Claude