Tue. May 18th, 2021

Rwanda commemorates 26th 1994 Genocide anniversary

H.E President Paul Kagame and First Lady Madam Jeannette Kagame lay a wreath at Kigali Genocide Memorial in memory of over one million Tutsis for the 26th time (PHOTO/Courtesy)

By George Kalisa

Rwandan people today came together to remember for the 26th time the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Over one million Tutsi were killed by mostly Hutu militias [Interahamwe], Hutu extremists and government soldiers in the space of 100 days during the genocide regime.  

“We come together to remember for the 26th time, as we always have and will continue to do. Let me begin by thanking Rwandans around the country, as well as our friends, who are following today’s commemoration from their homes,” said President Kagame.

In a televised national address H.E President Paul Kagame observed that this year’s commemoration has occurred in unusual times and encouraged Rwandans to use it for reflection on the genocide the country experienced 26 years ago and on education of the Rwandan posterity about this bad history.

Rwanda is currently observing a lockdown in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and thus Rwandans observed the 26th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi from their homes.

“Today, we pause to reflect on the tragedy we experienced and what we lost, both individually and as a nation. We will continue to educate new generations of Rwandans about what happened to our country, and what we learned from it,” said Kagame.

President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame laid a wreath and lit the flame of remembrance at the Kigali Genocide Memorial to honour over one million Tutsi who were killed.

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