First Lady pays tribute to wiped out families

By IGIHE
On 22 June 2020 at 05:44

The First Lady Mrs. Jeannette Kagame has urged Rwandans to intensify efforts in the fight against genocide ideology and denial as the country commemorates over 15,000 families wiped out during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Mrs. Kagame called for the nurturing of children with the right values of humanity which go against the same reasons that made the genocide possible.

“As we remember the families completely wiped out during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, let their memory be a reminder that total extermination is the indisputable uniqueness of a genocide. Let us continue instilling in our children the values of humanity, dignity, and respect for one’s neighbor. Let us recommit to fighting the genocide ideology and denial, grounded in our journey as a testament to our ability to fight evil with good,” said the First lady.

GAERG, an organization of former students who survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and is in charge of preparing and implementing the commemoration of wiped out families revealed that the remembrance shall be done in line with Covid-19 preventive measures.

“Similar to other Kwibuka26 activities, the commemoration of the completely wiped out families will be held in adherence to the Covid-19 preventive measures,” reads a part of the Organization’s statement.

Since 2009, the IBUKA affiliate of former students who survived the Genocide against the Tutsi (GAERG), prepares and implements the commemoration of families wiped out in the Genocide against the Tutsi.

GAERG has enumerated those families in all 30 districts of Rwanda; the figures available to date show that 15,593 families made of 68,871 people were wiped out.
The association has started a project to write a book on these families, a documentary moviefilm and a database to safeguard their history. The project is worth Rwf64m.

The First Lady Mrs. Jeannette Kagame has urged Rwandans to intensify efforts in the fight against genocide ideology

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