Savoir d’où l’on vient,
connaître le destin des êtres chers
est un droit inaliénable pour tous.

Context

The genocide perpetrated against the Tutsis is destroying the country. A million dead, thousands of missing, crimes that have gone unpunished for a long time.
Children separated from their families are abandoned at the borders, find refuge in neighboring countries or are taken in by families who have remained in Rwanda. Some are now resurfacing and looking for their family origins.

Problématique

“Au Rwanda”, il est quasi de notoriété publique que toute personne qu’on ne voit pas est nécessairement morte, or, beaucoup de parents cherchent toujours leurs enfants dont ils ont perdu les traces, beaucoup de jeunes qui étaient trop petits à l’époque ignorent jusqu’à leur propre nom, et sont demandeurs de soutien pour connaitre leur passé et construire leur identité.

Video title

An Impassioned Outcry FROM A HOPEFUL MOTHER

20 YEARS LATER : Documentary by Mukamulindwa Béatrice

Aims

To accompany

Children and families throughout their quest regardless of its outcome.

To reunite

Children and their families.

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To corroborate

Useful information to further search actions.

To track down

Children reported missing at the time, scattered throughout the Rwanda hill-country, as well as elsewhere in Africa and all over the world.

To find

All the families remaining without news of their children reported missing.

Actions

To assist

Any person, parent or child, contacting the CCMES in Rwanda, and looking for their family is assisted and supported by the CCMES. Meetings and excursions are regularly organised to combat isolation and to build relationships.
Occasionally, and when necessary, the CCMES provides individual follow-up.

To gather testimonials

Explain the importance of testimonials.
Explain the duties of volunteers, and their achievements.
The benefits of the achievements: a film
 : film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP-bKX_h6Lo
and
a booklet of testimonials
; https://lirenligne.net/detail-oeuvre-a-decouvrir/Anonyme/RETISSER%20L%27ESPOIR/5967.

Contact CCMES Belgium to obtain our printed booklet of testimonials.

To train volunteers

To find the missing children, the search must be advertised from one hill to the next, and from one family to another, firstly in Rwanda, but also throughout the world. It is also necessary to know how to communicate with people suffering from psychological traumas. CCMES ensures volunteers receive coaching on how to empathise with victims and to help heal the effects of trauma, and then mobilises trained volunteers to connect with communities, to highlight the issue of lost children, to gather testimonials, and to assist families in their search as well as the children found.

To raise awareness

Often in good faith, people cannot understand how parents continue to hope that children reporting missing long ago might still be alive.
To address this, the CCMES organises awareness campaigns in Belgium and in Rwanda to highlight the issue of children who went missing during the war and the genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda. This is a vital contribution to mobilising people to support this mission, especially as Rwandan children may be scattered throughout the world. Heightened awareness is essential to trace information that can lead to reunited families.
CCMES also focusses attention on the impossibility of closure for families with missing children, as well as on the identity issues faced by missing children who return to Rwanda, often with no access to their past.
In these awareness campaigns, the CCMES sometimes works in partnership with other associations and organisations.

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