From Despair To Victory- Rwanda Inspires Millions

4 09 2012

As many of our readers are probably well aware of, the Paralympics are underway! Teams from all over the globe will compete in a multitude of sports, hoping to bring home a medal for their country. Among one of those teams is the team from Rwanda, a country that is still known for the 1994 genocide that took place there.

A slaughter of almost one million people that happened in a period of eight months during a civil war. Today, the country is still rebuilding from that tragic event. While emotional wounds are healing and government is getting back up on its feet, hundreds of thousands of citizens remain who are now amputees. Those who have survived the violence but are forever reminded of what happened. In day to day life, no one talks of the genocide anymore, and these victims walk the streets unseen and unheard. 

If you ask any member of the Rwanda volleyball team, they can recount the same horrible events. One player, Emile Vuningoma, started playing in 2009. He said he wasn’t necessarily comfortable with sitting volleyball at first, but it was a good game for people with disabilities. Born with his disability, his parents did not have enough money to pay for the medical treatment that may have saved his leg. He says that playing for this team has given him a sense of purpose that many disabled people in Rwanda have yet to find.

A player who was directly affected by the genocide is the team’s captain, a man by the name of Dominique Bizimana. He told reporters that he was young when the genocide occurred and a mine exploded that took his leg when he was only sixteen years old. He played volleyball before the accident as well, but after he lost his leg he was determined not to give up. He then began playing for the sitting volleyball team and is enjoying every moment of it. 

 

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The paralympics are a great way to inspire and motivate those with disabilities to break down the barriers that are separating them from their dreams. We here at Advantec work with companies who work hard to stir the same motivation in their clients! For more information on the paralympics, visit CNN’s Page. As always, for more information on how any business can benefit from our custom-tailored software, visit the Advantec Website.

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