IBUKA, the umbrella of survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi is preparing to hold talks with the Catholic Church to deliberate on how it (church) can pay reparations to genocide survivors.
The bid follows yesterday’s Catholic Church statement that it regrets actions of "all Christians for all forms of wrongs" during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
"We apologize for all the wrongs the church committed. We apologise on behalf of all Christians for all forms of wrongs we committed. We regret that church members violated [their] oath of allegiance to God’s commandments," said the statement by the Conference of Catholic Bishops, which was read out in parishes across the country.
"Forgive us for the crime of hate in the country to the extent of also hating our colleagues because of their ethnicity. We didn’t show that we are one family, but instead killed each other," the statement said.
IBUKA lauded the Catholic Church gesture.
Talking to IGIHE, the president of IBUKA, Prof. Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu has said; “Our community is extremely delighted for the statement; We have been waiting for such message for long but the conscience guiding a person to take a decision requires him enough time. We are happy with it,” he said.
Prof Dusingizemungu said that the statement should be issued in all languages used across the world and read in all parishes.
“We wish the statement would be translated into possible languages used across the entire world and read wherever Catholic Church reaches all over the world so it is understood by people denying and undermining genocide,” he said.
Prof Dusingizemungu explained that the apology will be followed by requesting the church to compensate genocide survivors after examining the likely process.
“Now the church is going to be involved in compensation .We will be vigilant, wise and careful to make sure we ask the Catholic Church to do what is humanely possible. We can’t request for impossible things,” he said.
- The president of IBUKA, Prof. Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu