Press Release: AERG GAERG Week activities to kick off on Saturday

Press Release: AERG GAERG Week activities to kick off on Saturday

Kigali, 9 March 2017 – The Association of Student Survivors of the Genocide (AERG) and Former Students who survived the Genocide against the Tutsi (GAERG) will, on Saturday 11th March 2017, launch their countrywide outreach activities – AERG GAERG Week -organized in line with the forthcoming 23rd commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

The launch of the campaign will take place in Mata Sector, Nyaruguru District. The members of AERG and GAERG will also spend every Saturday of March and the first Saturday of April at selected sites in different districts, where they have identified vulnerable genocide survivors to whom various forms of support will be provided.

AERG and GAERG say that this year’s activities will support vulnerable genocide survivors. Individuals whose heroic acts saved Tutsis during the genocide against the Tutsi, will also be recognized by giving them “Inka y’Ineza” (the cow of kindness).

“It’s been 23 years that we survived the genocide against the Tutsi and the country has always helped us in many things.Giving back to the country through assisting its different programs is our choice as strong, young and grateful people. We remember those whose lives were taken, we celebrate survivors’ lives and thank those who rescued us.” Olivier Mazimpaka, the President of GAERG said.

“We are grateful and giving back to the community because we survived, not because of our bravery, but through the outstanding courage of RPA soldiers and other Rwandans who sacrificed their lives in order to save us, many of them put their own lives on the line while others paid the ultimate price to save us. We are grateful to them”, Emmanuel Twahirwa the National Coordinator of AERG said.

This year, the young genocide survivors will carry out different activities that include building 11 houses, rehabilitating 15 houses and offering 11 cows. They will also work with local

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