Rwanda yesterday launched commemorative activities in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, with a call on Rwandans and entire world to join in the remembrance of the victims of the worst pogroms in recent history.
The launch of activities in the lead-up to the April 7 main national mourning event was marked by the lighting of a flame of remembrance, dubbed “Kwibuka Flame,” at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi.
For three months, from next Friday, the flame of remembrance will be taken on a lap of honour through the country’s 30 districts before returning to Kigali on April 7,.
At the launch of commemorative activities, Rwanda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Government spokesperson Louise Mushikiwabo, called on the international community to join in reflections on the lives lost in the Genocide and help build a world without genocide.
“As we turn our attention to the twentieth commemoration, we invite the world to remember with us. We do so not to inspire pity or guilt, but rather because the lessons of 1994 have resonance far beyond Rwanda’s borders,” she said.
In the lead up to April 7, community dialogue will take place in each district of the country and in the Rwandan Diaspora to offer Rwandans and their friends the opportunity to reflect on the events of 1994 and the country’s journey since.
The New Times