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My Life Has Turned into a Hopeful One - Chantal Nimugire
I grew up and lived with my grandparent (0-6 years) and with my auntie (7-16 years) the whole of my childhood. My parents were living in other places. My mother was a single mother and I didn't know my father.
This was indeed a very sad and painful experience since the families where I stayed did not care to provide for me. In this situation, I greatly realized the importance of staying with your parents.
Out of my situation, I developed love, care, compassion, and advocacy for the rights of other children, especially single mothers' children.
In 1994, my country experienced a tragedy of massacres and worst, genocide, that occurred in only 100 days. The genocide took my mother, brothers, and lots of members of my family. They were horribly killed.
Personally, I am a victim of both physical and moral abuse, and those memories still count fresh in me and others. During the genocide, I waited for death day and night, but by the grace of almighty God I saw his protection all day, night till dawn.
At 16 years of age in 1994, I was an adolescent, teenage girl, who had stayed alone, hopeless and traumatized. Life was meaningless to me. I remember one day I tried to commit suicide but I was so afraid to take my life because I thought that I have not done anything to be alive.
In this suffering, I sought God, and I asked him several questions. I asked God, why was I left? Why did I not die? Why was I left to stay in mourning? I could not sleep or even talk. But on 21 March 1995, God rescued my life in such a way that I received a salvation.
Since then, my life has turned into a hopeful one, visionary with objectives and determination to live a bright future, a life that advocates for the rights of other vulnerable children, young girls, and women.
This life indeed became meaningful. I continued my studies and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Management with distinction. I am married to a lovely husband and am the mother of three lovely children, a son and two daughters.
My objectives are the following:
* To write and publish my personal story
* To advocate for vulnerable women (single mothers, genocide survivors, widows), vulnerable children (especially single mothers' children and orphans), young girls, and Rwandan genocide survivors
* To fight violence against women and girls
* To promote women's development by creating small projects, training, and education.
* To promote peace and fight the genocide ideology
* To encourage women and young girls to gain hope and actively participate in peacebuilding programs
Chantel Nimugrie, Rwanda
This story first appeared at Voices from the Frontlines on www.peacexpeace.org.
Editors note: This article is published by kind permission of Peace X Peace - A Global Network where women meet to build peace across cultures.