The Rwanda government and International Organisation for Migration (IOM), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at assessing the study to identify the feasibility of reparations for the victims and survivors of the 1994 genocide.
Signed on May 28, 2014 in Kigali, the agreement will describe in concrete and operational terms how these options could be developed, established and implemented in the Rwandan context, including how they could be funded.
The study will also suggest strategies to operationalize the proposed options and the principle deliverable of the exercise will be a comprehensive report.
After the 1994 genocide the Government’s priority with regard to those who miraculously survived it, was to ensure that they don’t need to have another miracle to get education, health care, shelter and some social economic lift up.
It was, and still is impossible to restore all that was lost and nothing really can.
However, the Government has annually committed specific funds, upwards of 132 billion francs to date to ensure the realization of this priority.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General Busingye Johnston who signed on behalf of the government said that the support to social protection, compensation or reparation was not a priority rather the priority was education, health care, shelter and socio-economic lift up for a section of population who were at a high risk of post genocide extinction.
“Today we stand tall and proud as a country, that within meagre means was able to provide a shoulder to lean on. We are proud as well that child survivors of the genocide, many of them orphaned, are today fine young men and women, educated intellectually and maturely able to engage in issues concerning them, including reparations, ”Busingye said.
This assessment study will be carried out as a professional research project. The Ministry will provide leadership, but it will involve a broad array of stakeholders to ensure ownership at the end.
“We will await the recommendations of the study with a lot of interest. The respondents will be from all segments of our society. It is our hope that at the end it will be a study that all Rwandans can identify themselves with,” added Busingye.
The International Organization for Migration, first signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Rwanda to support genocide survivors in 1995, although the organization first provided humanitarian assistance in the months after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda