The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, while addressing 400 girls who are members of the Association of Genocide Survivor Students (AERG), in Rwamagana yesterday urged them to take on today’s challenges head on and persistently work hard toward a bright future.


Mrs. Kagame said that the success of the orphans of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, both in schools and general life, has continued to inspire and give hope the entire nation.

“It is amazing that girls whose parents perished in a Genocide only 20 years ago can now stand on their own. You must lead a life that’s purpose-driven as you pursue your studies and careers thereafter,” she said.

The First Lady urged the students to work hard and put to shame the perpetrators of the Genocide, who wanted to exterminate a section of Rwandans.

The First Lady further urged the students never to hesitate pursuing their preferred academic careers, adding that there were no longer disciplines meant for men only.


The First Lady warned students not to take for granted the support they receive from government, reminding them that they have to continue on their own at some point.

She was speaking at the closure of AERG’s Forum that aimed at instilling confidence in the participants, an event called ‘Now I am Stronger.’

For an additional report on the AERG Forum see The New Times article.

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