Kwibuka20 Marked in Cape Town

By Kwezi Patrick
On 4 May 2014 at 11:43

Rwandans in South Africa, gathered to mark the 20th commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsi that claimed over a million lives.
The commemoration even was held May 4th at the Holocaust centre in Cape town/ South Africa.
The ceremony was organised by the Rwandan community in Cape Town led by Kajabo Ernest with the support from the Rwandan High Commission and the Holocaust Centre.
A sombre ceremony of remembrance was attended by 230 people among them 80% Rwandans, Members of the Jewish (...)

Rwandans in South Africa, gathered to mark the 20th commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsi that claimed over a million lives.

The commemoration even was held May 4th at the Holocaust centre in Cape town/ South Africa.

The ceremony was organised by the Rwandan community in Cape Town led by Kajabo Ernest with the support from the Rwandan High Commission and the Holocaust Centre.

A sombre ceremony of remembrance was attended by 230 people among them 80% Rwandans, Members of the Jewish Community, East Africans and South Africans.

Mr Freedman Richard the Director of the Holocaust centre made the welcome remarks encouraging Rwandans to remember but forgive and reunite.

An elaborate key note speech was made by Dr Tim Murithi the Head of Justice and Reconciliation program in the Cape Town based Institute of Justice and reconciliation.

He developed the concept of Genocide and lack of Humanity in countries then elaborated on justice and reconciliation through different tools such as truth and reconciliation in post apartheid South Africa and Gacaca in post genocide Rwanda.

He regretted that Never Again did not work for Rwanda and highlighted ongoing crisis in Africa and the world.

In his official remarks HE Vincent Karega explained the content of the Kwibuka20 theme and called upon banyarwanda to understand their duty and responsibility to be relevant and united in rebuilding their nation and do away with genocide ideology and opportunistic politics and unnecessary dissident acts.

He highlighted the progress achieved in Rwanda at all levels since 20years and urged everyone to look at the big picture beyond personal grievances of the past.

Kwibuka poems and a short DVD were exhibited and contributed to raise more awareness on Rwanda past, present and its future perspectives.


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