Gakenke: Youths urged to promote social unity, patriotism
While in an Art for Peace dialogue with youths in Gakenke district on the 7/08/2013, the Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Youth, and Information, Communication Technology [MYICT] Rosemary Mbabazi asked youths not to be slaves to ethnicity since this will affect the development of the country.
“This country cannot develop while we still have such divisionism and as youths you should act as an example to fighting”, such said Mbabazi.
Edouard Bamporiki from Urunana theatre and a director to Art for Peace explained how he saw the 1994 genocide happen at 11yrs of age and the shame he felt for the Hutus who mainly participated in it all.
He therefore called on youths to ask for forgiveness from the Tutsi who suffered during this event since youths are the future Rwanda, and this could create peace.
“Art for Peace was formed to create hope in youths which will help them build a country without suspicions”, explained Bamporiki.
“As youths we have a responsibility to prevent such an act against humanity from ever happening again here in this country and elsewhere in the world”, noted Bamporiki.
Jean de Dieu Musabyimana a genocide survivor also said that the then divisionism that existed is what contributed mainly to the genocide and this should be prevented if Rwanda is to remain in peace and develop.
The youths that participated in the “Youth Konnect dialogue Am Rwandan” we reminded that the history of Rwanda was damaged by people with personal interests and therefore they needed to amend it and create a better Rwanda.
Gakenke district is the 18th district where such a dialogue has so far reached and this will continue to all the districts in the country.
This dialogue is organised by Art for Peace in partnership with Imbuto Foundation and MYICT.