Members of Rotary Club remember Genocide victims

On 10 May 2021 at 04:51

Members of Rotary Club International in Rwanda have visited Kigali Genocide Memorial where they learnt history and urged the youth to distance themselves from people denying the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

Rotary Clubs intervene in the provision of safe water, promoting quality education, prevention of pandemics, eradication of poverty, environment protection, striving for durable peace and promoting citizens’ livelihoods.

Rotary Club is classified into three categories including Interact Club made of children members in the age bracket between 12 and 18, Rotaract Club bringing together members from the university in the age bracket between 18 and 25 while people aged beyond 25 are classified in the category of Rotary Club.

All these groups were represented during the event.

The Deputy Governor- of Rotary Club International District 9150, Jeannette Rugera has said that holding commemoration events is critical in a sense that it helps to reflect on history and leave a lesson to the youth.

“It is time to reflect on what happened and bring the youth to learn Rwanda’s and Genocide history. It is an occasion to remind Rwandans and the global community that it is our collective responsibility to prevent reoccurrence and resist people denying and trivializing Genocide. The youth should also take the front lead to distance themselves from people luring them into such destructive acts,” she noted.

Rugera explained that Rotary Club holds different talks featuring historians so as to give the youth chance to learn from history and collaboratively brainstorm on best ways to prevent Genocide ideology.

As part of ongoing capacity building initiatives, Rotary Club also provides scholarship to university graduates to attend peace restoration and conflict management courses
Rugera urged the youth to uphold peace, strive for unity and stand against whatever tends to drag them into ethnic discrimination.

The President of Rotaract Club SFB Kigali, Murungi Mariam has also highlighted that learning from history helps to know the truth and requested colleagues to speak with one voice and resist propagandists misinterpreting history.

Rotary Club International was established 116 years ago. It is currently comprised of 1.2 million members from 200 countries.

Rotary Club members laying wreaths at Kigali Genocide Memorial.