Rwanda Lost Her Mother

I have known for weeks that this may come, but I kept hoping that it wouldn’t because I wanted to delay the deep pain I feel about Mama Rwanda a.k.a Mama Sheja, Esperence Mukashema. This Rwandan s/hero who suffered so much loss and tragedy time and time again, fell countless times and got back up has decided that she won’t get back up this time. She has decided to go be with the ancestors. And for this, I am in deep pain and sorrow. I don’t post about losing family, friends, comrades, etc on social media, but when an ordinary person touches so many lives in a positive way and in an extraordinary way, I feel compelled to do this.

What made Mama Rwanda so extraordinary? Simple: she did not retreat to her conveniences and comforts when she saw injustice and used ordinary tools available to every single one of you reading this to take a stand against injustice and to tell the unfiltered truth unapologetically when she could have simply enjoyed her comforts and stayed indifferent through silence on public related issues. She personified the good character that takes a stand in times of controversy. She was the friend whose voice we will remember in contrast to the silence of other friends as the MLK saying goes « In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. » Esperence Mukashema will be remembered for making her voice heard loudly, clearly and unambiguously. What a beautiful thing!!

In a country and society where mass murderers, warmongers and crooked politicians are celebrated as heros, making you wonder about the sanity of those who proclaim such people heros after the amount of losses we have had in Rwanda, Mama Sheja a.k.a Mama Rwanda was a shining light of what a hero is. For me, a hero isn’t simply somoene that does something I agree with or something that’s correct or something that gives me an advantage, it’s someone who does something BECAUSE IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO and such action COMES WITH A RISK of losing life, liberty, relationships with family and friends who would rather distance themselves to keep their perceived comforts or favors with the oppressors. It is a person that stands firm for WHAT IS RIGHT and what is HUMANE and says DAMN THE CONSENQUENCES. This was Mama Sheja personified.

She was and will always remain a guiding light to those who want to live by the uncompromised truth. Those who want to live the values of humanity, justice, and lasting peace. She is/was the anti-hipocrisy. She was a shining example of a Rwandan mother considering its tragic past and present. She could have chosen to be an ethnic extremist or supremacist but she refused up until weeks before she got ill, where she declined to partake in actions that privileged ethnic separation and supremacy. She could have chosen to comply with the Rwandan regime that’s built on ethnic supremacy and she would have enjoyed many personal favors. But she decide that her conscience was more important than personal favors. She knew you can always get personal favors even if it’s not from the regime while taking a stand for what is right and what is just and that’s the path she chose. I am sure she had NO OUNCE OF REGRET in that decision.

She refused to betray her son!!

During the Rwandan genocide, Esperence Mukashema lost many members of her family to extremist Hutus. While she was fleeing, the genocide, the RPF Tutsi rebels (now in power in Rwanda) carried out a massacre at a church where she was sheltering. She narrowly survived but her 11 year old son named Sheja was killed in that massacre. That’s where the name Mama Sheja comes from. Her public testimony at a time when it was rare to give testimony calling out crimes of the Kagame regime was a breath of fresh air. She took a stand when it was highly unpopular. It is still unpopular now but it’s better than when she did. She was truthful and unapologetic when she spoke.

For that, she was the subject of the usual tactics by the regime. They conducted smear campaigns and dehumanization campaigns both publicly and privately. In public, they used government propaganda media to go after her. In private, supporters of the regime worked hard to convince others (especially family and friends) that she was dangerous, divisive, mean, that she stood for extremism against « her own people », that she was hateful. Basically the usual tactics of oppresors and their supporters against upstanding folks. She did not back down from doing the right thing.

Thankfully now, she leaves such a beautiful legacy that her light will never dim. She remains the shining light for millions of us.

While searching for comfort in this deep pain and sorrow, I take comfort in the fact that I had the opportunity to give her her flowers (as we say in urban lingo) or show my public recognition of her character and actions a little while before she fell ill. I was on a panel with her shortly before she became ill. When I started to speak, I started by acknowleding and thanking her for her courage, work and also the tragedy of losing her son Sheja.  In her remarks, she denounced the attitude by Rwandans who chose comfort over humanity, where she called out the attitude and culture of silence during injustices or conveniently chosing when to speak up and when to remain silent.

In the middle of her speaking I interrupted to say « EXCEPT FOR Matata » another upstanding Rwandan, a true hero who also doesn’t mince words. Matata was also on the panel. She laughed and said to « you and myself are also the exceptions. We don’t standby when we see injustices.” We all laughed and she continued her remarks. I have known her for many years and as she has always been clear and straight forward, even in mistakes. For those many years, she never came across as ambiguous when it comes to truth, justice and humanity. She didn’t back down from controversy for her own convenience as many do.

Her legacy will live on as now many people have decided to tell their stories and many more have decided to share those stories with the world. Her light keeps shining.

While she is now with the ancestors, I will miss her for many reasons. I am sure millions will also miss her. I will miss her honesty, straightforwardness, clear stance, her humanity, her humor, her selflessness. Rwanda’s social media is blowing up with people paying homage to her, a sign of her legacy that’s touched so many of us. We are all headed the same direction and one day will see her. I hope her passing inspires many more to follow her light and expand their comfort zones and stand for truth and justice unambiguously. She did it for such a long time and never tired!!

While I am still here physically and she’s with the ancestors, I will miss her dearly!! See you one day Mama Sheja and give him a big long hug for yourself and those of us who stood with you in truth and justice.

We only live once and YOU MADE IT COUNT for millions of us.



  1. Ilmaiskierrokset ilman talletusta ovat aina olleet hyvin suosittuja, eikä se ole mikään ihme. Pääset jännittämään voittoja nettikasinolle ilman mitään riskiä ja mahdollisesti nappaamaan jopa satoja euroja ilmaiseksi. Kuka näistä nyt ei voisi pitää? Olemme juuri tämän takia etsineet tänne suosituimmat tarjoukset, jotka pääset lunastamaan näppärästi alapuolella olevasta listasta. Lähde siis jahtaamaan voittoja ilmaiseksi jo tänään! Helposti! Esimerkkiäni seuraamalla tietenkin. Kohdista kiikarisi nettikasinoiden talletusbonuksiin ja ilmaiskierroksiin. Kuten kerroin ilmaista pelirahaa ilman talletusta jakavat bonukset ovat usein vaatimattomia, mutta talletusta vastaan saatu bonuspotti on jo toista maata. Luvut hipovat satoja ja jopa tuhansia euroja! Myös pelintarjoajat ovat löytäneet oman jalansijansa kasinomaailman menestyksessä, ja erilaisia pelejä on saatavilla mitä värikkäin, mielikuvituksellisin ja jännittävin kirjo. Suureen osaan peli-innovaatioista on myös saatavilla erilaisia bonuksia, mukaan lukien ilmaiskierroksia ilman talletusta. Ilmaiskierrosten avulla uusia kolikkopelejä on mielekästä kokeilla riskittömästi. Selaa ilmaiskierroksia ilman talletusta 2021 tarjoavia kasinoita ja pelejä, ja löydä mieleisesi satojen vaihtoehtojen joukosta. LoistoKasino on rakentanut itselleen todella hyvän pohjan mistä lähteä rakentamaan loistavaa nettikasinoa suomalaisille pelaajille. Pelivalikoima on kuitenkin tässä vaiheessa niin torso että korkeimmille arvosanoille ei ole vielä mitään asiaa, mutta lisäämällä esim. livecasino- tai jättipottipelejä asiaan voisi tulla muutosta jo hyvinkin pikaisella aikataululla. Yhteenveto sloteista ja peleistä: Loistokasino on kelpo valinta, jos haluaa päästä nopeasti pelaamaan tunnettujen pelivalmistajien parhaimpia slotteja. Toinen suosittu pelilisenssi tulee Suomenlahden takaa Virosta. Kyseinen pelilisenssi on yhtä luotettava kuin Maltan pelilisenssi. Nettikasinon perustaminen Viroon on hieman helpompaa Suomalaisille ihan pelkästään sijainnin takia. Niin Loistokasinon kuin muidenkin rekisteröintivapaiden kasinoiden suuri plussa on se, että saat kotiutettua voitot tilillesi hyvin nopeasti.

  2. Odată ce vei intra pe pagina dedicată jocurilor EGT gratis de pe, vei putea observa o gamă variată de jocuri ce promite să îţi capteze atenţia în doar câteva secunde. Fabricate cu atenţie de cei mai atenţi dezvoltatori de software, jucătorii se pot întâlnii cu păcănele de tematici diferite, printre care se număra războaie, mistere, sau chiar şi versiuni tradiţionale care abordează jocurile 7777. Dacă joci Crown slot online şi realizezi un câştig pe care îl introduci în casă, poţi avea şansa să obţii un premiu cu adevărat memorabil. Nu este vorba de câştigul pe care combinaţia realizată de slot tocmai a afişat-o pe ecran ci de un premiu care te va impresiona cu adevărat. La acest capitol EGT excelează aşa cum poate nici un alt producător de software nu o face. Este vorba despre un jackpot misterios, care poate fi adjudecat de către orice jucător, indiferent de miza pe care o practică. Jocul Texas Poker nr. 1! Alătură-te milioanelor de jucători din întreaga lume! În principiu, jocul de poker Omaha e mai mult un joc de cărți ce se bazează pe post flop. Acolo are loc cea mai multă acțiune. În schimb, la jocul de poker Texas Holdem, o parte din acțiune se desfășoară în pre flop. Și având în vedere că poți forma combinații cu 4 cărți de pe masă și o carte în mână, lucrurile sunt mult mai imprevizibile. Însă același lucru nu e valabil și pentru jocul de Omaha poker casino. Potul este împărțit între cea mai bună și cea mai proastă mână. Principala regulă pentru jocul de poker Omaha Hi-Low este “8 este mai bun”, ceea ce înseamnă că mâna trebuie să fie de genul 8-7-6-5-4 sau mai proastă, pentru a lua o mică parte din pot (chintele și culorile nu se iau în considerare). Potul este împărți, numai dacă există o mână proastă, dacă nu există, mâna cea mai bună câștigă potul.

  3. Simply put, Free Spins No Deposit bonuses are free spins on slots that require no deposit to claim. This type of casino bonus is given to newly registered player accounts for free. We have managed to unearth all the free offers that do not require a deposit, find 250x free spins no deposit deals here. This means you simply join and then enjoy the promotion they offer. Some of these deals are tied to specific games such as the Fluffy Favourites game or Starburst Slot Free Spins bonus, but others allow you to choose between a few different ones. Though you get 20 Free Spins no wager, you also get a no deposit offer, thus a free spin no deposit no wager. All it takes is to register as a new player. That’s their unique style of welcoming new players. Also, they give out a deposit bonus if you decide to deposit some money. Don’t you just like the deal? Caesars Slots Playtika Rewards is the ultimate loyalty program that continuously rewards you for playing! Playtika Rewards is free to join, and your membership is automatic!  Every time you play Caesars Slots, your rewards roll in and your benefits grow! As you advance through different membership statuses, you will enjoy exclusive access to our VIP experience. You will also qualify to collect even more free gifts and enjoy greater coin rewards! With a common jackpot set up across several online casinos at the same time, the winnings can go up to millions quickly even after someone hits the jackpot and cleans it all out. For exciting spins like these, try such AU pokies as Megasaur, Aztec Millions and the Spirit of the In. For the poker lovers among you, there are alternatives – Stud poker, Let It Ride and Caribbean Hold’em.

  4. 770104 620212The next time Someone said a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me just as much as this. Come on, man, I know it was my choice to read, but When i thought youd have some thing intriguing to say. All I hear is actually a handful of whining about something you could fix inside the event you werent too busy looking for attention. 394603

  5. Zillow Group is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for individuals with disabilities. We are continuously working to improve the accessibility of our web experience for everyone, and we welcome feedback and accommodation requests. If you wish to report an issue or seek an accommodation, please let us know. Zillow Group is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for individuals with disabilities. We are continuously working to improve the accessibility of our web experience for everyone, and we welcome feedback and accommodation requests. If you wish to report an issue or seek an accommodation, please let us know. Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Pitney Bowes and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries. Little Colorado River Homestead With Power This 36.10 acre ranch retreat is secluded amid a scenic landscape of gently rolling hills, rainfed arroyos, and lush grassy meadowlands dotted with evergreen juniper trees. The land is located 6 miles southeast of St Johns in Apache County, AZ. At 6,100… Farm & Ranch Publishing, LLC28615 I-10 W, Boerne, Texas 78006 The LoopNet service and information provided therein, while believed to be accurate, are provided « as is ». LoopNet disclaims any and all representations, warranties, or guarantees of any kind. Farm & Ranch Publishing, LLC28615 I-10 W, Boerne, Texas 78006 Low-cost Maine land with deeded access to one of Maine’s cleanest lakes. Here is a chance to purchase land for building your off-grid home or cabin, parking your camper or RV, pitching a tent you name it. The land is in a rural off grid location. The timber on the land is large and has not been…

Les commentaires sont fermés.