My journey with body positivity and self love

When I was younger, from what the pictures show, I was that cute chubby baby. Not even bragging I was adorable. I grew to be a chubby child too. I had big legs, big cheeks, flabby stomach and arms, and big thighs. Big everything! Of course, this did not bother me when I was young. I liked …

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RWANDA’S CHILDREN

The new generation of Rwandans is so beautiful and hopeful. The importance of such documenting of history from the lenses of the youth is healing.

Natasha's Chronicles

Iphone pics April 2016 107Natasha D. Muhoza

(Kwibuka22; Our Past 2016)

 

Letter 1:

Manweli muhungu wanjye

Nakwise ntyo mukwizera

Nizera ko iyahanze Gasabo izahora iduhanze amaso iteka

Tukidegembya nta nkomyi

Maze ijoro rirakomanga

Bakuntwara ntakomye

Ntakira Gihanga nikomye hejuru

N’amakoma ntiyadukingira

Kuko ijuru ryari ryagukinguriwe…

I’m sorry I could not protect you, my son

I had vowed the day you were born that would protect you till my last breath,

But I was helpless that night… what could I have done?

They heard your cry and found our hiding place—

Before I knew it, he had grabbed you

Before I could stop him, he had driven a panga through your chest

Before I could gather any strength, the very—animal that had killed you had grabbed me too

He… raped me first

Then his two friends followed

Leaving me for dead, I thought I was coming to join you but…

I survived

I…

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Afrikan women’s projects that changed/are changing the world and we don’t hear about.

A few days ago I was having a conversation with a friend and I remember telling him that "when I was young, I wanted to see Afrikan womyn on television just so I could know that even I could be and do big." I wish mainstream media would highlight these strong, influential and of course …