Darfur, 9 April 2017
Rwanda peacekeepers deployed under United Nations African Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) together with the Rwandan community in the Republic of Sudan organized the 23rd Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The commemoration was conducted on Sunday 9 April 2017 in El Fasher–Darfur.
The commemoration commenced with a walk to remember where all the invited guests assembled at Rwanda Battalion Camp, EL-Fasher Super camp, before heading to ARC TOWN HALL Conference Hall, where the rest of the programmed activities took place.
The commemoration was also marked by candle lighting, a symbolic way to remember those who were brutally killed. A one minute silence was also observed by all present to honor the victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
Addressing the audience, the Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Rwanda in the Republic of Sudan, Mr Shyaka Ismael, noted that “We are gathered here today to remember our loved ones who lost their lives during 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. It is an annual occasion for honoring them and restoring their dignity as well as performing other activities intended to address genocide consequences while ensuring that it never happens again”.
He recalled that the Genocide against the Tutsi was planned and executed by Rwandans and it was stopped by Rwandans after the failure of the whole World to act despite the principle of responsibility to protect. “The Genocide against Tutsi had roots from other countries and it’s due to their influence in the international community that the United Nations did not act”, he emphasized.
Mr Shyaka Ismael noted that Rwandans are committed to spend the rest of their lives fighting the genocide ideology and reflect on the country’s journey of unity and reconciliation. Good governance being a main pillar of continued and sustainable growth.
Speaking on behalf of the Joint Special Representative of the United Nation in the Republic of Sudan, the Guest of honor, Lt Gen Frank K Mushyo, the UNAMID Force Commander thanked Rwandans in El- Fasher for organizing the event. He also expressed deep gratitude to all UNAMID staffs and other invited guests for their support to the Rwandan community on the occasion and their participation in the subsequent commemoration activities planned over the week.
The commemoration ceremony was attended by other dignitaries including, the North Darfur Wali representative, Mr Mohammed Ibrahim Azat, Mission Chief of Staff, Mr Karen, the Director of Mission Support Mr Ebrima Ceesay, Police Commissioner Mrs Prscilla Makotose, and the Head Office of Sector North, Ambassador Hassan Gibrill, among others.