Ibuka-France commends Genocide survivors’ resilience

On 15 April 2021 at 12:19

The President of Ibuka (organization umbrella of Genocide survivors) in France, Etienne Nsanzimana has commended survivors of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi for their bravery to keep soldiering on along the resilience journey despite endured dark moments.

He saluted survivors’ resilience recently during a ceremony held in France to commemorate Genocide against Tutsi.

This year, Rwandans in France and their friends began commemoration events on 7th April which continue to be observed under the theme ‘Remembrance, sharing history of Genocide against Tutsi to resist deniers’.

The first commemoration event was held in Paris, at the memorial site of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi located in the place known as ‘Jardin de mémoire’ ( garden of memory).

The event was attended by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo; Rwanda’s ambassador in France, Dr. François Xavier Ngarambe; the director of the Mémorial de la Shoah Paris, Jacques Fredj and Jean-Yves Le Drian, the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France.

On 9th April, Ibuka-France held talks that revolved around resisting Genocide denials.

Talks were delivered by historian and researcher, Hélène Dumas; lecturer in history Romain Poncet; retired French officer who served under Opération Turquoise in 1994 in Rwanda, Guillaume Ancel and François, a member of ‘ Survie’ association in France.

Discussions were moderated by Anmeric Givord, a member of Ibuka-France council.

Recently on 11th April 2021, Ibuka-France held virtual talks in commemoration of Genocide against Tutsi that brought together historians and researchers on genocide history among others.

Speaking at the beginning of 27th commemoration of Genocide against Tutsi, the President of Ibuka-France, Nsanzimana said that remembrance helps to pay tribute to over 1 million Genocide victims brutally killed for their innate personality.

“We are gathered here to commemorate. We have suspended other activities to take this time to reflect on the dark history whereby over 1 million Tutsi were killed after long preparations to exterminate them. It was in April 1994, when churches and schools among other places turned into killing grounds. Clerics, renowned artistes and other officials became cruel and orchestrated killings,” he said.

Nsanzimana requested participants to reflect and comfort Genocide survivors who are unable to attend commemoration events due to Coronavirus pandemic.

He also commended the bravery of Genocide survivors who kept soldiering on along the resilience journey despite wounds of losing relatives.

“I would like to remind you that survivors of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi endured extreme cruelty. Even though they were left bare hands, they lived in the world of hurdles and kept soldiering on. The resilience journey was troublesome, but they sought solutions and carried on their bravery until they became who they are today. They also contribute to national development,” she stressed.

Nsanzimana hailed RPF Inkotanyi for liberating the country and stopping Genocide.

The President of Ibuka-France, Etienne Nsanzimana addressing his remarks.
The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo (left) and the President of Ibuka Etienne Nsanzimana paying tribute to Genocide victims.