Staff of World Vision-Rwanda have visited Kigali Genocide Memorial to pay tribute to victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and donated foodstuffs to elderly Genocide survivors.
During the commemoration event, yesterday, the group visited a community of elderly widows in AVEGA village, Kimironko Sector, Gasabo District, from where they held prayers together and provided the aged women with foodstuffs that will be used for the next three months, according to George Gitau, the Country Director of World Vision, Rwanda Programme.
The food items include; rice, beans, sugar and milk, among other general household supplies, were given to 10 families of widows who survived the Genocide.
From Kimironko, the World Vision delegation visited Kigali Genocide Memorial where they laid wreaths on mass graves in which over 250,000 victims are laid to rest, observed a minute of silence in tribute to over one million victims of the Genocide and toured the memorial, getting explanations of how the Genocide was planned, executed, devastation and recovery over the last 23 years.
“We have visited them today as our commemoration and remembrance of their families they lost in Genocide. World Vision has been supporting vulnerable communities in Rwanda for over 23 years now,” said Gitau.
Gitau urged the group to recommit to the real “Never Again” and pledged World Vision’s continued support to government for continued progress.
“Most of African countries need to visit this memorial to be able to understand what bad leadership can lead to and to be able to learn from our government to see what the country has achieved in the last 23 years, to be able to see that a country can come this far within such a short time,” he said.
World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose ministry focuses on community-based development through interventions in health, economic empowerment, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and many other areas that a community needs to move forward. It is currently working in 18 districts countrywide.
By Jean d’Amour Mugabo