24 August 2018
Participants from twelve countries and three international organizations who are taking part in the ongoing Exercise Shared Accord 2018 in Rwanda Military Academy – Gako (RMA – Gako), visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial to pay tribute to victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Speaking after the visit, US Army Brig Gen Lapthe Flora, the US Representative in the exercise said that the visit was aimed at showing the Shared Accord 2018 participants how the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was planned and executed.
“This is a very difficult and emotional time for me, I have such an emotion of anger, and I feel very angry at the failure of the international community. It is the failure of humanity as a whole, but the good news is that it is so surprising to see the great strides the country has taken in the last 24 years”, said Brig Gen Flora.
Brig Gen Flora expressed optimism that the officers who visited the memorial go back to their respective countries and tell the story of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi as it happened, having seen the chronology of events as displayed at the memorial.
He was echoed by Brig Gen Simon Barwabatsile from Botswana who said that everyone ought to see what happened in Rwanda to avoid similar occurrences.
“I have been hearing about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, but after visiting this memorial, I have seen how far a human being can go in destroying humanity and this is very shameful and demoralising to all of us Africans”, he said.
The Kigali Genocide Memorial is the resting place for more than 250,000 victims. Using video and pictorial presentations, the place tells the tragedy that hit Rwanda between April and July 1994.
After touring the memorial, the delegation headed to the Campaign against Genocide Museum at the Parliament where they were explained how the Genocide was stopped.