Rwandans in Turkey gathered to mark the 20th commemoration of the Genocide against ethnic Tutsi in Rwanda which claimed over a million lives.
The commemoration event organised by the Rwandan embassy in Turkey, was held on April 29th at Gazi University in Ankara.
Present at the event included Rwandan Embassy officials, Turkish government officials, diplomats accredited to the Republic of Turkey, members of academia, Rwandan students community, businesspeople, media and ordinary Turkish people coming together to honour victims of the Genocide.
During the commemoration event, several speakers presented on Rwanda’s history and commended the tremendous recovery and the current development of Rwanda after the tragedy of 1994 under the theme ‘Remember – Unite – Renew.
According to Rwanda’s envoy to Turkey Caesar Kayizari; Remembrance, Unity and a shared future is for every Rwandan and this has enabled all Rwandans to live and work together in dignity.
“Remembrance and unity provide a preventative weapon against violence and denial. Truth lights the ways from darkness, bringing clarity and positive visions for the future’ affirmed the Rwandan,” he said.
Ambassador Kayizari said 20 years later after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Unity and reconciliation have been key elements in a quick reclamation of Rwanda.
“Since 1994, Rwanda has been moving forward in development at all levels to ensure that the country recovers fully from the destructions caused by the Genocide in both human and material resources. Rwanda has emerged stronger from this tragedy. It is in the dignity and serenity that invite us to commemorate the Genocide,” He said.
Ambassador Kayizari noted; “Today, Rwanda has a voice on the international stage and enjoys respect among the nations of the world. All Rwandans now have a sense of pride and dignity in being Rwandan. This is mainly because Rwanda is today a country that is based on sound principles such as promoting national unity and education for all, giving Rwandans equal rights and opportunities, power-sharing, building democracy based on different ideas and opinions and the right of choice, the rule of law, and a firm development vision that has enabled Rwanda to be where it is now as good progress continue to be made in all key areas of development.”
He added, “We owe all these developments to the good leadership and good governance that has taken root in our country. Through decentralisation, services have been brought closer to the people. Rwandans have a bigger role in choosing their own leaders and a say in programmes intended for them.”