#Kwibuka29: Airtel Rwanda commemorates

On 31 May 2023 at 06:31

The staff of Airtel Rwanda have visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial to pay respects and honor the lives lost during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. During the event, Mr. Emmanuel Hamez, Airtel Rwanda’s Managing Director, placed a wreath while his colleagues laid individual flowers on the mass graves, where over 250,000 remains of victims who were killed in different parts of Kigali are buried.

The Airtel team was guided through a tour of the memorial museum and convened in the Amphitheater area where they attended a lecture on the history of the terrible ideology that served as a catalyst for the genocide, the historical events of 1994, and how the RPA soldiers ended the killings of Tutsis in July. The event concluded with remarks from Airtel Rwanda executives.

The Managing Director of Airtel Rwanda, Mr. Emmanuel Hamez stressed the need to recognize the bond of humanity over anything else divisive.

"Airtel as a company will always be a partner in the journey of remembrance of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, pledging that the company will ensure such educative visits to the memorial will continue to take place for staff and management," he added.

During the memorial visit, Mr. Jean Claude Gaga, Managing Director of Airtel Mobile Commerce, gave remarks to his colleagues expressing sadness about people who use the internet today to promote genocide denial.

He urged them to stay mindful and avoid language or sharing information that is hurtful or provocative, especially towards genocide survivors.

“It’s sad to see that after 29 years, we are still fighting with people who say that the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi never happened. Today we all have a responsibility to ensure it never happens again," said Gaga.

“There are some young people who were born after 1994 who believe that the fight against genocide denial is only the work of politicians, the survivors, or people who were here during that horrific time. This is not the right way of thinking. Our history, including the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, concerns all of us – those born before, during, and after the tragedy. Let’s do our part to help the government by supporting and empowering genocide survivors.”

This visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial was arranged to give Airtel staff the opportunity to remember and honor the victims and survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi while learning more about the history of events that took place 29 years ago.

Hamez reiterated that Airtel Rwanda stands with the government and the survivors to continue the work of remembering, rebuilding, and reconciliation.

"We salute the Government of Rwanda for providing an inclusive environment that encourages business development and empowers the youth,” he noted.