The Association of Student Survivors of the Genocide (AERG) and former students who survived the Genocide (GAERG) have paid homage to more than 7700 families that comprised over 34,823 members completely wiped out from 17 districts countrywide during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
The families were commemorated on Saturday in Rubavu district where government officials joined GAERG to lay wreaths at Commune Rouge memorial accommodating 4500 genocide victims.
GAERG president Olivier Mazimpaka highlighted the need to remember such wiped out families as there are no known relatives that survived to pay homage to fallen victims.
“In Rwandan culture, the survivor organizes all funerals, remembrance and the mass. No one member of these families survived to remember them but they will never be forgotten as long we are alive. So, we have to take responsibility to commemorate them,” he said.
Mazimpaka urged genocide perpetrators to reveal locations of remains of these victims that are scattered to be accorded decent burial.
Remembering the totally wiped out families is held for the 9th time. The first was held on 6th June 2009 at Ntarama genocide memorial in Bugesera district.
The vice president of Senate, Hon Jeanne d’Arc Gakuba requested GAERG to keep the plan of colleting statistics and evidence to preserve history.
“We should keep census to get statistics from remaining 13 districts and document our history to be passed on to generations and serve as evidence to international community to squarely address genocide denial,” she said.
- Government officials joined GAERG in a walk to remember that preceded the night vigil in Rubavu district.
- The commemoration was preceded by a walk to remember