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Rwanda Peacekeepers commemorate 24th anniversary of Genocide against the Tutsi

7th April 2018

Rwanda peacekeepers in Central Africa Republic, Darfur and South Sudan were joined by friends to mark the 24th commemoration of Genocide against Tutsi.

Bangui

Rwanda peacekeepers serving under the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) together with the Rwandan Community living in Central Africa Republic were joined by CAR Government dignitaries including the President of Central Africa Republic HE Professor Faustin-Archange Touadéra; and UN officials to mark the 24th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The commemoration ceremony was held at Rwandan Contingent camp, Socatel M’poko, Bangui.

The Commemoration ceremony started with candle lighting presided by H E Faustin-Archange Touadéra, the president of Central Africa Republic as symbolic way to remember those who were brutally killed. 

Speaking on behalf of the President of Central Africa Republic who left shortly after candle lighting, Hon Prime Minister Patrice SARANDJI expressed  “Every year within four last year’s I got an honor to join Rwandans in this event of commemoration the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi , the first impression comes in my mind is the fail of international community in Rwanda”. He quoted H E President Paul KAGAME ‘we cannot change our bad history but we have ability to change our future’’ and urged Central Africa people to take lessons from Rwanda by uplifting cohesion, unity and reconciliation. 

In South Sudan 

Rwanda peacekeepers in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan ( UNMISS) and Rwandan Community in South Sudan were joined by the United Nations Officials and other friends to mark the 24th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The Commemorations were held at Juba Tomping Camp base of Rwanbat1 and attended by  different dignitaries including the UNMISS Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, His Excellence DAVID SHEARER who delivered a message of condolences and accepted the failure of international community as a fact in Rwanda in 1994.

The Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports in South Sudan, Hon Salal Rajab Bunduki, who was the Guest of Honor said that the History of Rwanda has a lot of lessons for South Sudan. He appreciated the efforts of Rwandans at fighting against those who deny and trivialize the Genocide against Tutsi where they are hosted in the region and beyond. 

The commemoration was also held in Malakal.

Darfur

Rwandan Peacekeepers and Community were joined by other UNAMID peacekeepers and different friends.  The event was marked by a walk to remember and lit of candles in memory of the Genocide victims.  It was attended by different dignitaries including the UNAMID Force Commander, Lt Gen Leonard Muriuki Ngondi.

In his remarks, the Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Rwanda in the Republic of Sudan, Mr Shyaka Ismael, noted that the commemoration was an annual occasion to reflect on what happened in 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, 45 years after the Holocaust. “After the Holocaust the International Community and the United Nations had decided to prevent such crimes by creating legal provisions. But where were the International Community and the United Nations in 1994?” he asked. 

He further said that “The young generation and other generations to come have the right to know the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi as part of their dark history. So we have a duty to tell the truth about what happened and preserve all genocide proofs”