Rwandan Students in South African Province of Kwazulu Natal gathered to mark the 20th Commemoration of Genocide against Tutsi that claimed over a Million lives.
The event held on May 10th was organised by Rwandan students community of Pietermaritzburg in Kwazulu Natal/South Africa led by Arnaud Kayonga the chairperson and the Kwibuka 20 ceremony officiated by Rwanda’s High Commissioner to South Africa HE Vincent Karega.
Rwandan students and their African colleagues came together to remember.
Presentations were made on Rwanda’s history Including; pre-colonial, colonial, post colonial, genocide and post genocide era made by Mr J L Buhigiro, a rwandan student on Phd studies in education.
DVDs on genocide and post genocide recovery were aired. In his speech HE Karega highlighted the root causes of the Genocide targeting Tutsi in Rwanda and its consequences in the country and the Great Lakes region.
He also elaborated through the theme of the year on the progress made in reconciliation, recovery and the transformation agenda.
A question and answer session followed to allow south African and other African young students to understand the matter further.
In conclusion the importance of a united and educated society with good leadership were seen to be the key factors for a true never again in Rwanda and elsewhere.
The next Kwibuka in Southern Africa is scheduled in Harare/Zimbabwe on the 14th this month.
The Kwibuka events held is Southern Africa have been precious moments particularly for the rwandan far from home to reconnect with their history and the country vision.
The get together also re energised an impetus in people to refocus on their remote role on how best to contribute to the rebuilding of a new Rwanda.