The three-day training started on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 and will focus on how the hate propaganda and politics led to the Holocaust, and Genocide against Tutsi, the statements genocide deniers use to minimize the crime of genocide as well as how to deal with the consequences of genocide.
The training will bring together experts from Rwanda and others sent by ‘Mémorial de la Shoah’.
More than 50 people are expected to attend the training from CNLG, IBUKA, an umbrella organization that connects the groups that aid survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and AEGIS Trust, a British NGO which campaigns for the prevention of genocide worldwide.
Beginning the sessions, Dr. Bizimana Jean Damascene, CNLG Executive Secretary said that staff from the four organizations will learn a lot from each other.
“The training will benefit IBUKA and AEGIS TRUST staff as they will learn in detail what jumpstarted the Genocide against Tutsi and the Holocaust and identify comparisons. That knowledge will help them know how to deal with consequences brought about by genocide including trauma.”
The training is part of partnership agreements signed between CNLG and Memorial de la Shoah in 2018.
Bruno Boyer, Head of International Relations at the Memorial de la Shoah says that besides sharing testimonies and the history of the Holocaust available at the Shoah Memorial, delegates from the Memorial de la Shoah will also learn about the Genocide against Tutsi.
“We need to learn about the history of genocide but also work together to prevent genocide, crimes against humanity and mass atrocities worldwide.”
Memorial de la Shoah museum is located in Paris, France and has a very detailed of the Holocaust including France’s roles in deporting French Jews. Since last year, the memorial has created a showroom detailing the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
The training is taking place for the first time and is expected to reach other members of the Rwandan society such as History teachers, students, researchers among others.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the major consequences of genocide and is among the most important topics that will be discussed during the training in order to find ways of overcoming it.
A report published by the Ministry of Health and CNLG at the beginning of 2018 shows that PTSD among genocide survivors is above 30%. Alarming numbers that CNLG strives to treat.