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Kwibuka30: Remembering the Victims of the Rwandan Genocide

by Diplomatist Bureau - 16 April, 2024, 12:00 97 Views 0 Comment

On 7th¬†April, the iconic Qutub Minar in India’s capital city, New Delhi, shone brightly adorned with the colours of the Rwandan national flag. This symbolic gesture stood as a solemn tribute to the people of Rwanda as they marked the 30th anniversary of one of the darkest chapters in their history – the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, also known as Kwibuka30.

The genocide, conceived by armed Hutu extremists, resulted in the brutal massacre of an estimated 800,000 people over a span of 100 days. This harrowing period tore apart the fabric of Rwandan society, leaving scars that continue to resonate to this day.

In Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, President Paul Kagame led the commemoration ceremonies by laying wreaths at mass graves, honouring the memory of the victims. The event was attended by dignitaries from around the world, including leaders from South Africa and Ethiopia, as well as former US President Bill Clinton, who had acknowledged the failure of his administration to intervene effectively during the genocide.

The Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a rebel group, ultimately captured Kigali in July 1994, bringing an end to the mass killings. However, the scars of the genocide remain etched in the collective memory of the Rwandan people and serve as a reminder of the atrocities committed and the importance of vigilance against hate and intolerance.

In India, the High Commission of Rwanda, in collaboration with the United Nations, organized the 30th Commemoration Ceremony of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Held at the India International Centre on 10th April 2024, the ceremony provided an opportunity for reflection, remembrance, and solidarity with the people of Rwanda.

As we honour the memory of the victims and survivors of the Rwandan Genocide, let us reaffirm our commitment to upholding human rights, promoting peace, and preventing such atrocities from ever happening again. Kwibuka30 serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of unity, reconciliation, and the pursuit of justice in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

May the memory of those lost never fade, and may their legacy inspire us to strive for a world where such horrors are consigned to history books, never to be repeated.

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