Yashyizweho kuri 14 August, 2016 | 10:01

Hidden healer: A genocide survivor transcribes his calvary

A genocide survivor launched a book this Friday, describing the Calvary he climbed during Genocide against Tutsi in 1994. In his book” A bag of hosts for 5”, Cesar Murangira tells about hard life with fellows, but ends by saying it is a ‘ Therapy ’

Cesar Murangira –living in Switzerland since 1997- was a student in St Vincent Minor Seminary, located at Ndera, in Kigali city. Native of the place, he followed relatives and neighbors in the same school to escape from genocide tragedy. Hosts are involved in his book, because the area belongs to catholic church. An area of hosts(before becoming Eucharist under blessing), these were one of the daily menu for some, including the writer with his 4 friends.

He says “while others were starving of food inside the centre, I used to go in stock and bring packets of hosts. I was familiar with the centre, knowing every place, I used to bring hosts and share with my 4 friends”.

A healing process

The writer declares that it took him years and years to come up with a book. It was an internal struggle for him, to keep those bad memories. “I attempted several times and stopped, but decided to write and publish my testimonies. I felt released, I managed to owner my bad history, and understand others’. This work is a therapy for me”.

Cesar Murangira is inviting Rwandans and readers of his book to get a habit of transcribing whatever is harming them inside. “The more you express your pain, the more it goes down”. He further emphasizes on impact of his work on the world people. By describing the way Genocide was prepared and took place, he is convinced to prevent the same tragedy worldwide.

An expert in Mental life explains more: Talks, testimonies, recordings, writings, etc are parts of healing process for a victim of any atrocity. He articulates “Torture, abuses, conflicts; seriously harm a human psychic. But sharing this bad experience constitutes a therapy. The victim needs a calm and auditive environment, a secure space to express his anger due to atrocities”. He justifies the reason why people delay to give out testimonies, they wait for all conditions to be available. Some with this pain, when the lack followers or good moments.

Cesar Murangira is married to a switzish woman they met before Genocide, and is now one of the governing council of Marly District in Fribourg state, in Switzerland.

Jean Baptiste Karegeya


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