German partners commemorate staff massacred in the 1994 genocide
Official from various German development partners operating in Rwanda paid tribute to staff members killed in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
The names of fallen staff were unveiled as part of the commemoration of genocide victims during the 20th anniversary of genocide in Rwanda.
The stone was laid at the entrance of the GIZ offices to remind the current staff to to pray for the souls of the fallen colleagues each day.
At the same event, the German partners operating under one roof-German Development Agency (GIZ) donated Rwf29.8 million to Genocide survivors in Rwanda as a way of contributing to their welfare and especially raising shelter for the survivors.
Maenner Ulrike, the GIZ country director, said that the commemoration is a sign of giving importance to their employees and also reaffirming GIZ’s commitment to continue to support the families of the employees who lost their lives in the service.
On behalf of the Rwandan government, Eng. Albert Nsengiyunva, the State minister for technical and vocational education, hailed GIZ for its support in reconstructing the nation twenty years on, through partnership between the two countries.
Rwanda and Rhineland Palatinate have a long standing partnership that has lasted for over 30 years now, since it started in June 1982. The partnership is based on four broad areas of co-operation that include exchange of knowledge; culture friendship and emotional bonding, humanitarian and developmental initiatives.
The Germany government and police in particular has been supporting Rwanda National in various policing fields, including training, forensics, supporting female peacekeepers and financed the construction of the Peace Support Operation training centre at the Police Training School in Gishari, for pre-deployment purposes.
The cooperation between German and Rwandan security and justice system, and this has reaped fruits in which the former has taken action to arrest some of the Rwandan Genocide fugitives.