Rwanda gears for 20th commemoration
Rwandans living both in the country and the diaspora will hold separate events to commemorate the 20th genocide which is set to kick off this January 7, at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi.
Dubbed Kwibuka20-Rwanda will officially launch the 20th commemoration of the genocide and has invited the world to join Kwibuka20 by learning about the genocide, creating or joining a commemoration event and leaving a message of remembrance at www.kwibuka.rw.
Kwibuka is the Kinyarwanda word for ‘remember’ and describes the global commemoration framework. The commemoration will begin with the lighting of the National Flame of Mourning from January 7th to April 7th.
The lit Kwibuka Flame (flame of remembrance) will then travel through Rwanda’s thirty districts before returning to Kigali on 7 April 2014, the commencement of the national mourning period.
Community discussions will take place in each district, offering Rwandans the opportunity to reflect on the events of 1994 as well as the country’s journey since. The Kwibuka Flame symbolises remembrance as well as the resilience and courage of Rwandans over the past twenty years.
The event will include the premiere of the Kwibuka20 ‘Remember, Unite, Renew’ short film and remarks from survivors as well as special guests including Minister of Sports and Culture, Protais Mitali and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Louise Mushikiwabo.
Over one hundred of history’s darkest days, more than one million Rwandans perished in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The 20th commemoration has taken center stage in 2014 on the government agenda as the country also strives to create unity through the Ndi Umunyarwanda (I am Rwandan) programme, that was launched late 2013.
“It will be a moment to remember the lives that were lost, show solidarity with survivors and unite to ensure it never happens again – in Rwanda or elsewhere. It is also a chance to learn about the country’s story of reconciliation and nation building” the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) said in a statement.