Fewer ideas have come out of Kigali that are better than ” The Agaciro Fund.”
I say this : Rwandans perform better when we are pressed or pushed against the wall.
In 1994 when the world watched Rwanda bleed to death, nobody came to our aid. Millions perished, as the U.N. deliberated and debated, ad nauseum. No action was taken, as the world debated whether genocide was taking place. At the end of the day, we took matters into our own hands, and saved a Nation.
How absurd is it that we are still debating whether there was a genocide, in spite of all reports and studies that have detailed one of this Century’s worst crimes against humanity?
But, Rwanda has moved on. The AGACIRO FUND is our way of saying to the world: you can minimize our suffering, but you cannot dictate our destiny.
One and all, we will make a difference to our destination. This is the trademark of who we are. We are a product of historical suffering, and we have chosen to look within our resolve to find solutions to our problems.
AGACIRO FUND, when all is said and done will define who we are as a People – stubborn by nature, determined to define our cause, resolved to shape our destiny.
This Fund beckons all of us: If not now, when? If not us, whom? This much I know: donors cannot break our back.