JCI is an international Non-Governmental Organization that builds the capacity of the youth through training in entrepreneurship, leadership, fellowship and self-responsibility in over 115 countries.
The organization opened doors to Rwanda in 2005 where it has 200 members.
The event coincided with the visit of Zandile Makhoba, JCI Vice President for Africa and Middle East who is in Rwanda for five days.
As she visited the memorial with JCI Rwanda team, Makhoba called on the youth to learn from what happened to prevent reoccurrence of Genocide.
“You feel pain after visiting the memorial. I have seen messages of Genocide survivors and pictures of the extreme cruelty. It is clear that helping survivors to rebuild is a long journey but it reminds everyone of responsibility to strive for a peaceful world and unity. Rwandans should build their hope upon self-reliance to shape their future,” she said.
“It should be our collective responsibility to prevent reoccurrence of the dark past. We should take the lead as Africans and think about possible impact before reacting. As this year’s theme goes ‘remember-unite-renew’, we need to strive for that resilience. The youth needs to learn from this history and should always remember their responsibility to shape Rwanda’s better future,” added Makhoba.
The President of JCI Rwanda, Origene Igiraneza also reminded the youth to stand united and strive for positive transformations to the community.
“As Rwandans, remembering is a responsibility to honor victims of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. It is also an opportune moment for the youth to reflect on what happened and seek how best we can bring positive changes. It also leaves a lesson to concert efforts for good causes, strive for peace, and fight Genocide ideology in Rwanda and elsewhere across the world. The country can only progress when we work together to build a common identity and a peaceful country,” he stated.
The commemoration continued through virtual event featuring talks on how the youth should actively be involved in the fight against Genocide ideology and helping trauma victims during commemoration events.