25 years since the Rwanda genocide: He married the daughter of the man who killed his family

Article published in Göteborgsposten
6 April 2019
By Jean Pierre Bucyensenge

Rwanda. John Giranza was brutally beaten, with broken bones and a cracked head. He lost 38 members of his family and was hospitalised for six years. ”It’s a miracle I survived”, he says.
Today, he is married to the daughter of one of the murderers.

It was in April 1994 that all hell broke loose in Rwanda. The Hutu militia, called Interhamwe, armed themselves with machetes and other weapons and then started killing people all over the country, with the support of police and military. Interahamwe was driven by an extremist ideology whose flames had been fanned by officials in the Hutu led government. The UN estimate that around one million people were killed during the 100 days of the genocide between april and june 1994.

”The perpetrators were mainly people who we knew and lived side by side with” says John Giraneza, who was 20 years old at the time of the Genocide.

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Blind football commentator

Article published in Perspektiv
29 October 2015
Av Didier Bikorimana

Rwanda.  A big part of what you can hear on the radio in Rwanda is about sport, it could be a report from the English Premier League, or a discussion about who the world’s greatest football player is. You may be listening toLéonidas Ndayisaba’s voice. He’s 35 years old, an appreciated sports commentator – and he’s blind.

“I’ve always enjoyed listening to football on the radio. It’s probably about the atmosphere and the commentators’ passion and choice of words”, he says.

Léonidas uses Braille in his work and listens a lot to the radio himself. During the live reports of big football games he usually works with a seeing colleague who comments the games. Léonidas jumps in with statistics, player profiles, and other details that help making the reports fuller and more interesting.

In 2008, the National University of Rwanda started accepting students with low vision for the first time in 45 years. It was in line with the country’s policy of “education for all”.