first_imgEditor’s note: This is the second installment in a three-part series discussing the Rutagengwa family’s search for God from the 1994 Rwandan genocide in light of their trip back to Rwanda in December.In April 1994, Jean Bosco and Christine Rutagengwa were preparing for their July wedding when the Rwandan genocide began. They became separated in the chaos.“We were getting ready for our wedding, and we survived at the Hotel [des] Mille Collines, now known as Hotel Rwanda,” Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said. “I got there first … praying to God to bring my fiancée there. I left the hotel to bring her back to the hotel, and that was to us a testimony that God listened to our prayers.“We stayed at the hotel about 40 days, and during those days, every day was a dangerous day.”The Hotel des Mille Collines was the only safe area at the time, but Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said he left anyway, trusting God to keep him and his fiancée safe.“Every day in the hotel, we put ourselves in the hands of God,” he said. “We prayed for our safety every single day at the hotel. We were surrounded by the killers.“It was like a small island, or let’s say, a sinking boat surrounded by sharks. It was like the Titanic sinking surrounded by sharks.”Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said he felt that he and Christine survived the genocide for a reason. After they were evacuated from the hotel by United Nations’ peacekeepers, others hiding there were killed by the militias, he said.“We were lucky enough to survive, and for us we have a mission — the mission is to spread a message of love,” he said. “We have a testimony that love is stronger than death. … Evil didn’t win.”Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said he has drafted a manuscript about the search for God from the Rwandan genocide, to be published later this year.“Before the genocide, I was certain I was just like everybody else, thinking about your future, your family, not thinking much about other people, about being involved in the community,” he said. “After genocide, [my wife and I] really have changed. We both feel like we have a mission to be involved in the community.“Whenever it’s possible to help your neighbor … to help someone recover from tragedy, [you should] get involved in their affairs, help them live a better life. You only realize that when tragedy strikes your own life. Then you realize that other people need you. You don’t realize that until your own life is impacted.”Photo courtesy of Fr. Dan Groody While praying to God helped the Rutagengwas get through the genocide, Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said praying does not entail survival. However, God has a plan for everyone, he said.“We just listened to the teachings of our parents and the Church, and we were able to survive, and we thanked God for all He did for us,” he said. “However, we are well aware, aware that there are so many people who died in the genocide. It does not mean at all that they didn’t pray to God. I know they did.“My mother was a devout Catholic. She died. My father was. He died. Christine’s mother — she was Catholic. She died. And our siblings, they died. It does not mean at all that they didn’t pray to God. We don’t understand how God works. Some people die, others survive. In our cases, this is why we think we have a mission to be humble people, to show love, to spread the good word — maybe this is what God was telling us?”Christine Rutagengwa said the experience taught her to appreciate life.“The life we have is precious,” she said. “When you lose it, when it’s gone, you can’t find it. But material things — we lost our houses, we lost everything, but we found them after. But we never found our parents. We never found our sisters and brothers. So life is precious, it’s very precious and you can’t replace it. That’s what I realized.”The Rutagengwas, whose daughter Fiona Rutagengwa is a freshman at Notre Dame, returned to Rwanda in December with a group including theology professors Fr. Dan Groody and Fr. Virgil Elizondo, as well as project coordinator for the Institute of Latino Studies Colleen Cross.“We were happy to go back, even if it was not easy,” Christine Rutagengwa said. “It was not easy because we saw the memorials, and it brought back bad memories.“To see people like Fr. Dan [Groody] care and show us love — it made us feel better. It cannot take away our pain, but it’s kind of very good for us. When people care, they are not maybe many, but they are people who really care, who were able to see what happened to us. I really loved that experience I had with friends from the [United States]. It was a blessing to go there with them.”Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said the trip had two purposes.“Fr. Dan [Groody] had the idea to go to Rwanda,” he said. “We wanted to show our friends what happened to us, because we wanted [them] to know and understand what happened to our family.“In Rwanda they built memorials for the victims of the genocide, and some of our family is buried there … and the motivation to go there was to honor their memory, to go there and say some prayers for them, being surrounded by some of our friends from the [United States].”While in the United States, Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said he channels his mission into helping other survivors of the genocide come to terms with what they experienced.“When I moved to the [United States] in 2000, I devoted my time to supporting FORGES [Friends of Rwandan Genocide Survivors], an association created by Rwandan survivors living in New England,” he said. “For the last several years, I have organized in Boston with other FORGES members the annual commemoration of the genocide of the Tutsis, which takes place every April, and I have spoken at different events aimed at fighting the genocide ideology.”Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said his advice to people facing difficult situations is to hold onto faith.“Life is full of distractions, especially for young people, and whenever life issues arise, many forget that God is the answer and revert to their habits and distractions,” he said. “Putting God before everything is the only way to be happy and to be at peace. But it’s easier said than done. It requires sacrifice; it requires discipline; it requires humility.“But at the end, it saves lives.”Christine Rutagengwa said she and her husband still wonder why they survived the genocide and others did not, and they pray to God for guidance constantly.“We’re always looking, praying and asking God, ‘Why? What do you want me to do? What are the lessons you want me to give to the people who don’t know about or happen to ask? We know you are real. We know you are there,’” she said.“That is a kind of question we don’t know how to answer. We are trying. Maybe one day we’ll find out.”Tags: Rutagengwas, Rwanda, Rwandan Genocidelast_img read more

first_imgZidane says Ceballos has a place at Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)Ceballos was due to return to Spain at the end of the season, but with the current league campaign postponed, his future is now up in the air.Speaking to El Chiringuito earlier this month, the midfielder said: ‘I finish my contract on June 30. I would have to play for Arsenal, I don’t know how [it would work].More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘The relationship of the future would be irresponsible for me to speak about.‘The most important thing will be to be important for my new team. ‘I came to Arsenal to be important and in less than a month it has disappeared [because of coronavirus].’MORE: Ray Parlour defends Mesut Ozil and criticises lack of Arsenal leadershipMORE: Liverpool and Arsenal on alert as Adama Traore’s agent hints at summer moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 24 Apr 2020 8:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link507Shares Ceballos has impressed in spells at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has told Dani Ceballos his future lies at the Bernabeu, amid speculation that Arsenal are keen on making his loan move permanent.The Spain international has impressed on his season-long loan with the Gunners, becoming a key creative outlet in Mikel Arteta’s side.Despite missing almost two months of action with a muscle strain, Ceballos was beginning to flourish until the Premier League season was indefinitely postponed over the coronavirus pandemic.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTArsenal and Juventus are reportedly interested in signing the 23-year-old on a permanent deal, but Zidane believes he has a place in the Madrid side.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I saw Zidane in Valdebebas a few months ago when I was recovering from my injury and he told me that he watched my games with Arsenal,’ Ceballos told DAZN.‘I have a good relationship with him and he always told me that we are similar players in the sense that I need to play very often in order to be in good condition. ‘He always told me that my future is in Real Madrid and that I needed to be patient because I will likely have a chance.’ Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos drops major hint on Arsenal future Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse and Denver each threaten with explosive offenses. As they take turns trying to unlock each other’s defense Saturday night, the pace of the game threatens to take off.Each team can run and punish. Syracuse would love to play on the break. “It’s in our blood,” head coach John Desko said. Or the Orange can back up, slow down and go into gradual dissection mode. Denver can too.Both have picked apart zones this season.So while Saturday’s 5 p.m. final four showdown between Denver (14-4) and Syracuse (15-3) will inevitably ebb and flow with the speed of each team’s high-powered offenses, the Orange is comfortable playing at any pace. SU sees ways to expose the Pioneers in transition, like North Carolina did last weekend. But the ability to cut through Denver regardless of the nature of the game is part of the team’s identity heading into the season’s final weekend.“One of the things I like the most about our offense and our team this year is we can play at different speeds,” SU attack Kevin Rice said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo can Denver. It’s why the Pioneers score nearly 13 goals per game. Led by Canadian sharpshooter Wes Berg and Eric Law, Denver has failed to crack double digits in goals just once all season.“I suppose it could be a high-scoring game and we wouldn’t back down from that,” Desko said. “Although I see the offenses have been patient at times, both of them.”It’s why Syracuse will be especially tuned into the pulse of Saturday’s game.On Sunday, UNC tore into Denver in transition, pushing the Pioneers to the brink of elimination. The Orange has a keen eye on finishing the job the same way.“A lot of times they sub their guys off, maybe a little too many, so we definitely have to push in transition a lot,” SU midfielder Henry Schoonmaker said. “Like if you saw the UNC game, I think UNC had two poles score, d-middies score twice and I think four or five goals in transition. So I think that’s pretty key.”The Pioneers may rush to get its defensive midfielders off the field. And in doing so, may turn the ball over and leave themselves shorthanded at the other end. As a result, SU’s offensive midfielders are looking to their few defensive shifts as opportunities to score, rather than contain a man and sub off.Rice is most wary, though, of Denver’s faceoff specialist Chase Carraro. He won 17-of-26 faceoffs against the Tar Heels, making UNC’s fast-paced attack ultimately irrelevant. Carraro can almost singlehandedly grind SU’s offense to a halt and force the Orange to play a tighter, more meticulous game if possessions are few and far between.By Desko’s own admission, Denver’s an especially difficult team to prepare for.Regardless of what pace this national semifinal takes, though, SU believes it can win. The Orange and its coaching staff will break down the X’s and O’s of the Pioneers’ setup, project matchups and run from there – just like they do every week.At the same time, though, the Syracuse players know who they are as a team. They’re at the pinnacle of the game, and they’re ready to just play.“At this point of the year, you are who you are and I don’t think you’re going to change much, the style of who you are,” Schoonmaker said. “So you’re probably just going to play the lacrosse you’ve been playing.” Comments Published on May 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more