Girls born to FDLR combatants optimistic after undergoing vocational training

August 3, 2022

Repatriated daughters of combatants of the Democratic Force for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have revealed that attended vocational training programs equipped them with skills expected to help them create jobs and become self-reliant.

Normally, repatriates are accommodated at Mutobo Demobilisation and Reintegration Centre for six months undergoing civic education training. The centre trains male ex-combatants while women and girls are taken to Nyarushishi Transit Camp in Rusizi District awaiting reintegration into the society.

After being discharged, they also receive support serving as the foundation for development.

The support is an addition to a program introduced to facilitate smooth reintegration of repatriated young males and females.

Under this program, they are equipped with skills in vocational subjects including sewing, welding, mechanics, hairdressing, nail trimming and knitting among others.

Beneficiaries trained at different times have told IGIHE that received skills will be helpful to pursue their dreams.

Dancille Dushimirimana from Sumbure Village, Kanazi Cell of Nyamata Sector in Bugesera District has said that she wants to create jobs and share acquired skills with members of the community to achieve progress.

“I have pulled many benefits because I had to start from scratch. After graduating, I didn’t get capital to start my business but I am currently working at a factory. I intend to start my own business soon as I get enough funds to do so,” said Dushimirimana.

The beneficiary further revealed that she plans to upgrade her skills and train others.

Chance Uwimana from Huye District is among beneficiaries who underwent sewing trainings.

Uwimana explained that the training has started changing her life as she can cater for basic needs without reliance on someone else.

“Pursuing vocational courses has been helpful to me during COVID-19 pandemic and will help me to shape my future,” she said.

Of 805 people repatriated in 2018, 246 have undertaken courses in different vocational subjects.

After graduation, the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Government of Japan provide them with basic equipment including sewing machines and flat iron among others to start businesses.