Rwanda Genocide Commemoration Activities End

sales geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The twentieth commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi, look Kwibuka20, for sale has seen Rwandans and friends from around the world come together to remember, unite and renew.

The conclusion of the official mourning period will be marked today by the inauguration of 40 houses built for Incike – survivors of the genocide who lost every member of their family – and survivors with special needs.

These include the elderly, those with disability or incurable diseases as well as widows and orphans. The event has been organised by the Association of Genocide Widows (AVEGA).

Speaking on the importance of the commemoration period, AVEGA Executive Secretary Oddette Kayirere said:

“When we commemorate, we remember our loved ones and by remembering, we bring them back to life. This comforts our hearts broken by the loss of our children, husbands and relatives brutally murdered in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. It also helps us to move forward and build a brighter future together. Thank you for being with us at this time.”


The houses to be inaugurated have been funded by FARG (the government’s genocide survivor support program) and the National Bank of Rwanda. They are being built and equipped by Nyarugenge District and the Imbuto Foundation in collaboration with the Reserve Forces in Iterambere village, Nyarurenzi cell of Mageragere sector.

Twenty twin houses known as “Two in One” have already been completed and equipped with furniture and water tanks.

The core of Kwibuka20 has been standing alongside survivors and remembering with them, and today’s activity is one of the ways the Government of Rwanda and its partners continue to support genocide survivors.

Those receiving houses will also benefit from assistance programmes. Under the Basic Support Programme, survivors will receive fully equipped houses with furniture and other items such as kitchen utensils, cleaning materials and food assistance for a short period. Through the Long-term Assistance Programme, survivors will receive assistance in starting small investments projects, such as cow rearing or running a modern furnace.

The event takes place one day before Liberation Day.

Rwanda marks twenty years since the Rwandan Patriotic Army stopped the Genocide against the Tutsi, Kwibohora20, by honouring those who fought in the struggle for freedom and dignity.

The ceremony to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Liberation Day takes place on Friday, 4 July 2014 at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, as well as across Rwanda and around the world

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