The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame has attended a public talk on the 1994 genocide against Tutsi meant to remember and resist genocide ideology. Various novelists facilitated dialogues during this event described as Kwibuka23 Café Littéraire.
Kwibuka23 Café Littéraire has been held at the multipurpose hall of Rwanda Revenue Authority in Kimihurura.
Esther Mujawayo ,the author of two books on genocide against Tutsi; Sur Vivantes published in 2004 and La Fleur De Stéphanie: Rwanda Entre Réconcialition Et Déni published in 2006 gave a lecture at the event which was also attended by YannGwet, a novelist and journalist of JeuneAfrique and Le Monde from Cameroun.
Mujawayo talked on the dire situation that breeds sickening consequences of genocide especially among orphans and surviving parents having lost children.
She explained that genocide was a result of lacking moral values until people killed neighbors and former classmates among others.
“Genocide happened because people ignored norms of moral values where a woman was too involved in killings. Had people valued taboos genocide wouldn’t happen. Before, it was a taboo to kill in church. This was ignored,”she said.
She urged Rwandans to tell the truth of what happened during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi to facilitate the country’s recovery process.
Youth need constructive lessons
Mujawayo said that children should be taught true history to get the right picture of what happened enabling them to join the drive to address the consequences.
“It is good that children understand the reason to talk about it again. But some parents can give wrong information. The most essential is analyzing what message conveyed by parents on both the side of genocide survivors and perpetrators,” she said.
Another writer Antoine Mugesera observed that Rwandans need to live peacefully noting however that it will depend on having the youth taught constructive lessons.
“We will only live longer if our children at school and youth receive good lessons and stand against divisionism messages from their parents,” he said.
The Minister of Sports and Culture,Uwacu Julienne requested the youth to cooperate with other Rwandans, strive for self-dignity, build the nation to make it a safe place for every Rwandan and other human beings.
“The time has come to adopt new measures, look for a better future where the youth determine the destiny of this country,” she said.
The executive secretary of the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG), Dr. Bizimana Jean Damascène said such event is vital to fighting against genocide ideology.
Kwibuka23 Café Littéraire is organized by CNLG in collaboration with Kacyiru Public Library.
Similar public talks were held on 1st May 2017. It is expected that by the end of 2017 three sessions of Café Littéraire will have been held.
- First Lady Jeannette Kagame (middle), the Minister of Sports and Culture, Uwacu Julienne (right) and the executive secretary of the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide, Dr Jean Damascene Bizimana(left) attending Kwibuka23 Café Littéraire.