Flame of remembrance lit on April 7 will last for 100 days

Flame of remembrance lit on April 7 will last for 100 days

On May 21, Rwandans will pay tribute to families that were completely wiped-out during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

This is part of  activities of the 22nd commemoration events which started on April 7 and will conclude on July 4- liberation day when Rwanda Patriotic Rebels stopped the Genocide.

According to GAERG an organization founded by Rwandan graduates Genocide survivors, the event will start at 4PM with a walk to remember- from saint famille church to Kigali genocide memorial at Gisozi.

During the genocide thousands of Tutsi took refuge in saint famille church. The priest in charge of the church, Fr. Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, armed himself and helped Interahamwe take people from the church to be killed and many were massacred.

At Kigali Genocide Memorial site, a wreath of flowers will be laid at the burial site where 250,000 victims are laid to rest. Several other events will be held at the  memorial site including; prayers, discussions and presentations.

A documentary film will also be screened depicting families wiped-out during the genocide. Commemoration songs will also readout names of families that perished during the genocide against Tutsi which claimed a million lives.

Since April 7, Rwandans across the country have been observing commemoration activities under the theme; ‘Fighting Genocide Ideology’.

Commemoration events across the country include; Descent burial of remains of Genocide victims, discussions and presentations regarding commemoration of Genocide against Tutsi, Lighting the “flame of remembrance” at all memorial sites , Providing support to genocide survivors.

saint famille church in Kigali

saint famille church in Kigali

President Paul Kagame joins Rwandans in a walk to remember on 9-April

President Paul Kagame joins Rwandans in a walk to remember on 9-April

Source: KTPress

 

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