To Orwell Today,

Dear Jackie Jura,

Greetings. I am pleased to introduce to you YOLANDE MUKAGASANA. Yolande is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. During the tragedy she losted her only two children, husband, niece and other relatives. She was rescued by the RPF. After the genocide she proceeded on writing books relating what she lived during the genocide as a way first of a healing for her soul which had been terribly touched but also and most for those who had left this world under those horrible circumstances. Her books have won her some prizes worldwide as you will see on the link I attached below this letter.

YOLANDE MUKAGASANA has been lately following the various exchanges you have had on your website about RWANDA and the PRESIDENT and she was moved. She will like to contribute somehow on informing your readers about what it was like to live in those terrible times of Genocide.

Unfortunatly YOLANDE does write in the FRENCH language but I am pretty sure that by using the translation from computers or by volunteering to translate this may be overcome.

Finally I will like to inform you that many people in the Rwandan community are visiting your website and they are grateful to your dedication to the Rwandan cause.

Thanks very much.
Sharangabo Rufagari

Google search for: Yolande Mukagasana

Greetings Sharangabo,

Thank you very much for introducing me to Yolande Mukagasana. I am honoured that she, who experienced the genocide in the ultimate way - through losing her children, husband, brothers and sisters and betrayal by friends - is reading my website about Rwanda and the President.

I have now read many of the Yolande links (by clicking "Translate this page"), including:

YOLANDE MUKAGASANA. In memory of the genocide and with a view to assist the reconstruction of the country, she wrote three books entitled La mort ne veut pas de moi (Death does not want me), N'aie pas peur de savoir (Don't be afraid to know), and Les blessures du silence (Wounds of Silence)...

INTERVIEW OF YOLANDE MUKAGASANA. "Nyamirambo is the name of the district which I lived in Kigali. It is there that I knew the total love with my husband and my children and the friendship with the neighbors. It is there too that I knew the horrors..."

The way that Yolande and other genocide survivors are living their lives in a spirit of helping other survivors live theirs, and in helping rebuild Rwanda, is an inspiration beyond what words can express. Please thank Yolande for sharing her story with Orwell Today readers.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

PS - I'm drinking a toast to Yolande with my morning cup of Rwanda coffee

Jackie Jura
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