The Minister of Defense, Gen. James Kabarebe has highlighted that Rwanda’s youth should learn from history of bravery, perseverance and patriotism that characterized Bisesero people giving a lesson to never surrender until the last minute.
He made the advice yesterday in a ceremony of 23rd commemoration of 1994 genocide against Tutsi held in Bisesero cell, Bisesero sector of Karongi district in Western Province.
Bisesero is located at the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo .It is known for people of bravery where residents would defend the country against the enemy in case invaded or carrying expeditions beyond borders in the past.
Residents kept such brave spirit during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi where they persevered, resisted killers and used all possible means fighting against the enemy who had enough strength and materials.
As he attended commemoration activities, Minister Kabarebe said such bravery of Bisesero people should be emulated among Rwandans especially the youth.
“When you hear such history, Rwanda’s youth from different corners should come to learn from and copy the perseverance, such bravery existing among Rwandans which led to stopping genocide,” he said.
During the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, Bisesero people resisted and fought attackers that no one was killed in April. Unfortunately, bad leadership sent armed Interahamwe troops from Gisenyi, Cyangugu which attacked and killed them.
Kabarebe said their bravery should not be forgotten though they perished later.
“They stood firm and died as heroes fighting, trying to defend themselves. Their deeds left a lesson for Rwandans,” he said.
Eric Nzabihimana, a genocide survivor in Bisesero narrated how French soldiers declined r rescuing them until they were killed in June 1994 where only 1200 among 60,000 people survived.
He said that French soldiers in Zone Turquoise would leave Bisesero people being killed and take food donations to refugees including genocide perpetrators and support defeated militia and government to flee to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gahizi Jean, a social a pact protector in Gishyita sector testified how he, his elder brother among others rescued Tutsi and carried them in a boat to DRC. His elder brother was killed by Interahamwe.
Bisesero accommodates over 50,000 remains of victims of 1994 genocide against Tutsi.