KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
anniversary of the genocide against Tutsi due on April 7 will be
marked with focus on fighting genocide ideology while building
on current country’s progress, Rwanda’s National Commission for
the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) said on Wednesday.
be marked under the theme: "Remember the Genocide against the
Tutsi, Fight Genocide Ideology, Build on Our Progress."
Speaking ahead of this year’s commemoration, the CNLG
executive secretary Dr Jean Damascene Bizimana, affirmed his
government’s commitment to fight genocide ideology.
"The Genocide against the Tutsi was an attempt to break down
our potential and rip apart our unity.
"In 100 days we lost 1 million friends, family members,
neighbors, leaders and future leaders," he said.
"To honor the memory of those lost, we will spend 100 days
"We will spend the rest of our lives fighting genocide
ideology—with all the tools in our possession.
"Good governance, continued and sustainable growth and
remembering our loved ones are our weapons of choice," he said.
On April 7, events will be held at national and village
levels to kick off the national mourning week, the commission
said in a Wednesday statement.
It stresses the need for Rwandans to pay tribute to the more
than one million innocent lives lost in 1994.
Between April 7 and 13, Rwandans across the country will
reiterate their commitment to fight genocide ideology and
reflect on the country’s journey of unity and reconciliation in
the last 23 years, according to the commission.
The mourning week will be concluded on April 13 with an event
to pay tribute to politicians who were killed for opposing the
inhumane acts of the genocidal regime.
In the 100 days of the Commemoration period, Rwandans and
friends of Rwanda will hold discussions on how best to encourage
and ensure the current progress in socio-economic growth for the
people of Rwanda.
The Genocide against the Tutsi began on April 7, 1994 and
lasted 100 days, claiming more than one million Tutsi and
On December 23, 2003, the United Nations General Assembly
adopted resolution designating April 7, the start date of the
1994 genocide in Rwanda, as the International Day of Reflection
on the Genocide in Rwanda.
Annually, on or around that date, the United Nations
organizes commemorative events at its New York headquarters and
at United Nations offices around the world.
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