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Rwanda Starts Mourning Week for Genocide Victims

Kigali Genocide Memorial to host Kwibuka24 Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

The Kigali Genocide Memorial today April 7 hosts the 24th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

More than 300 guests including senior leaders, dignitaries, survivors and their families and representatives of survivor organisations will attend the event.

The commemoration is known as Kwibuka, the Kinyarwanda word for remembrance.

As part of the commemoration event, the Guest of Honour will lay a wreath at the burial place and light the Flame of Remembrance, Urumuri Rutazima, beginning the 100 days of mourning.

The Flame of Remembrance symbolises the courage and resilience of Rwandans over the last 24 years.

In Uganda, the ceremony will be held in Entebbe.

Speaking on the importance of the event, Director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Honore Gatera, said: “The commemoration is time for us to reflect on our tragic past. Building unity is possible with a full and thorough understanding of the Genocide against the Tutsi, its victims and consequences.”

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He added: “The Kigali Genocide Memorial is also a home for survivors, relatives and friends of victims to remember their loved ones and for the world to pay tribute to more than one million killed in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi”.

During Kwibuka24, the visitors are urged to pay their respects by touring the memorial and laying flowers on the burial place.

Gatera said peace is the foundation for Rwanda’s prosperity.

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