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Rwanda Peacekeepers commemorate 23rd anniversary of Genocide against the Tutsi

In Central Africa Republic

On 07 April 2017, Rwanda Military and Police peacekeepers under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the Rwandan Community in CAR were joined by locals, MINUSCA authorities and friends to mark the 23rd commemoration of Genocide against the Tutsi. The commemoration was held at RDF Peacekeepers Base, Socatel Mpoko, in Bangui Capital.

The Central African Republic (CAR) was   represented by the Speaker of Parliament, Hon Abdou Karim Meckassoua and the Prime Minister, Hon Simplice Sarandji; while the MINUSCA was represented by the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), HE. Parfait ONANGA ANYANGA and the Force Commander, LT Gen BALLA KEITA.

In his key note address, Hon Abdou Karim Meckassoua strongly hailed Rwanda's success in unifying and reconciling citizens after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi,  which the entire African Continent should emulate. He particularly commended Rwanda for her efforts in restoring safety and peace in CAR. “We are here to present our condolences to our Rwandan brothers and sisters who lost their beloved ones during the genocide against Tutsi. But at the same time we feel proud to be supported by Rwandans who stopped the genocide back home, unified and rebuilt their country. It is no doubt that we have much to learn from your experience”, Hon Abdou Karim Meckassoua said.

Col Dr Zuber Muvunyi who spoke on behalf of the Rwandan Peacekeepers expressed his gratitude to friends who joined the Rwandan Community for the 23rd Commemoration of Genocide against Tutsi. He recalled the role that was played by the then Rwanda Patriotic Army, currently Rwanda Defence Force, in stopping the Genocide against Tutsi, while emphasising that Rwanda’s commitment to peacekeeping efforts is a message to the World that  such atrocities should never happen again.

The commemoration event was also marked by lighting a memorial flame and laying wreaths in honour of the victims, as well as testimonies from those who survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.