Bralirwa to assist children of Genocide victims
Staff members of Rwanda’s biggest beverage manufacturer, Bralirwa, on April 26 held a commemoration event to honor over 60 of their employees who were killed during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
While paying tribute to the victims at Kicukiro, Nyanza memorial site, officials of Bralirwa made a renewed commitment to support the siblings of the former company staff members who were killed at different intervals in Kigali and Gisenyi.
The company estimates that over 32 Bralirwa employees were killed in Kigali during the Genocide. While in Gisenyi 39 Bralirwa staff members were packed in a bus and brutally burnt to death, while others were shot dead on the fateful day of 19, January perished in an attack by militia groups in 1998.
Last year, 2013, the company also unveiled a newly constructed memorial site in honor of the victims.
On behalf of Bralirwa administration, Freddy Nyangezi Biniga, the company’s Corporate Affairs and Communication Manager said that the families of the deceased have been cared for by the company in various aspects of social welfare; and the company will continue the support.
The company’s officials said that at least 180 children of the deceased have benefited from a scholarship scheme initiated by the company.
One of the children, Christine Mumararungu, who was six years at the time of genocide, is now pursuing her university education at ULK courtesy of Bralirwa education support.
She says that after going through hands of death during the genocide, she has hope for a better life in the future because of the education she has attained, and promises to become a better citizen.