Rwanda Remembers Dark Days Of Genocide

decease abortion geneva;”>The Minister of Sports and Culture, price Protais Mitali has said this year’s Genocide Commemoration week will be marked at the Village (Umudugudu) level to further bring about more participation of the community in their localities.

The Minister, who was speaking during a live talk-show held at Telecom House, added that the move is also aimed at the eventual creation of ownership of the commemoration activities.

He explained that commemoration events will be held at the nearest memorial site in every sector (Umurenge), and that at the national level, commemoration events will be held once in every five years.

As it’s a Rwandan-tradition, the official Genocide Commemoration week starts on April 7th to 13th.


President Paul Kagame will, on April 7 (Sunday), lay a wreath at Kigali Memorial Centre mass graves, to pay tribute to more than one million Rwandans who perished during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and later address the address the nation at mid-day. Fidele Ndayisaba, the Mayor of the City of Kigali, also asked churches to conduct early morning masses, to allow people attend the commemoration event.

The theme for this year’s commemoration is “Let Us Commemorate the Genocide Against the Tutsi as we Strive For Self Reliance.”

There will also be public lectures and town hall meetings every afternoon during the week-long event.

As Rwandans remember their loved ones and the national flag fly at half-mast, the business community, especially entertainment spots are required to observe the commemoration tradition, by postponing their businesses until the end of the memorial.

The 19th Genocide commemoration will be held with a new commemoration colour – gray – which replaces purple, that has been used for the past 18 years.

The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana said that Rwandan Youths will play a key role during the 19th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

“Youths will be participating in different planned activities like Walk to Remember; will be near vulnerable Genocide survivors by helping them and to clean different Genocide memorials across the country.”

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