Rwanda marks International Peace Day

On 22 September 2017 at 04:39

Yesterday, Rwanda joined the rest of the world to mark the International Day of Peace with a special focus on having cohesive families.

The United Nations themed this day: “Together for peace, respect, safety and dignity for all”, but Rwanda broadened the theme to: “Together for peace, promoting the values of respect and dignity through peaceful families."

To mark the day, over 400 Rwandan youth from across the country convened at Parliamentary Buildings in Kimihurura, Kigali to deliberate on different interventions of promoting values of respect towards more peaceful families.

The National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) together with its partners aim to enhance citizens’ capacity to analyse the root causes of conflicts, facilitate dialogue, and appreciate diversity to ensure sustainable peace and development.

Speaking at the event, NURC President, Bishop John Rucyahana pointed out that the country’s tragic history has taught Rwandans to value peace above anything else.

“Having experienced the worst history, divisionism, violence, wars and the Genocide Against the Tutsi, Rwandans have a specific understanding of the value of peace. Rwandans overcame this traumatising situation, healed and rebuilt their nation,” Bishop Rucyahana said.

According to Fidèle Ndayisaba, the Executive Secretary of NURC, this year is dedicated to peace among families because the lack of peace in families is the reason behind many troubles across the world.

“When families do not embrace peace, that is when we start seeing people abandoning their own families. We intend to promote unity in the home and protect children against segregation and genocide ideology,” Ndayisaba said in a press conference last week.

The Speaker of the Lower Chamber of Parliament, Donatille Mukabalisa, senior government officials, One UN Rwanda Country Representative and other distinguished delegates, graced the occasion.

Yesterday’s discussions explored how peaceful families can promote peace values, respect, and dignity to ultimately contribute to a peaceful nation. Families that promote peaceful and positive values are likely to raise children with peaceful attributes.

Rwandan youth from across the country convening at Parliamentary Buildings