Pray for Rwanda’s Genocide Survivors

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Twenty years ago in Rwanda, 800,000 people were brutally slaughtered in 100 days. The country still struggles with recovery and reconciliation.

Francoise Mutuyimana was 12 when her father was killed in the 1994 Rwanda genocide; her mother had already died. Soon Francoise’s life was miserable under her controlling stepmother who demanded long hours of work and tried to “trade” her in a forced marriage.

“I dropped out of school due to poverty and started working in other people’s gardens to survive,” Francoise says. At 16, living on her own, she gave up her dream of becoming a teacher.

When World Vision came to her village, Francoise joined a vocational program for orphans to learn tailoring. Now she has reached her goal and has become a teacher in the vocational school. She is also a wife and mother.

“I love my job, and I do it with passion because I have seen my fellow orphans transformed through tailoring and textile work,” she says.

While Francoise has found hope, the genocide’s painful effects still linger for many Rwandans. Please pray for them and for the children of the post-genocide generation.

Written by Chris Huber

Photo © 2013 Jon Warren / World Vision

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