Rwanda’s Ambassador to India advocates for Genocide memorials and education to preserve history

By Esther Muhozi
On 12 April 2024 at 02:26

The Ambassador of Rwanda to India, Jacqueline Mukangira, has urged countries to designate sites for memorials of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, in order to preserve this history.

She specifically addressed this message to representatives from over 110 countries based in India, who attended the 30th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi, organized by the Rwandan Embassy and the United Nations office in New Delhi.

Amb. Mukangira explained that commemorating the genocide is about honoring those who perished, appreciating the Rwandans who halted it, and reminding everyone of their role in preventing such atrocities from recurring.

Amb. Mukangira thanked all the countries that have supported Rwanda’s rebuilding efforts after the genocide, emphasizing a commitment to peace and human rights.

During the start of the 30th commemoration on April 7, 2024, the Indian government lit the Qutub Minar tower in the colors of the Rwandan flag. Amb. Mukangira expressed gratitude towards the Indian government for their solidarity with the Rwandan people.

While Amb. Mukangira called on countries to preserve the history of the genocide against the Tutsi, she also urged them to prevent genocide and other serious crimes, to prosecute and bring to justice those involved who are still evading justice.

She also asked countries to include lessons on the Genocide against the Tutsi in their educational curricula, to enact laws that punish genocide crimes, and to track those who spread its ideology.

The UN Coordinator in India, Shombi Sharp, emphasized that remembering the genocide against the Tutsi aims to honor the victims and remind everyone of their duty to prevent such events from happening again.

Sharp stated, “Commemorating this dark time in human history is an act of honoring the victims and a firm reminder of our duty to prevent tragedies like this from recurring, as well as acknowledging the bravery of the survivors.”

The commemoration event in New Delhi featured an exhibition of art and creative works about the Genocide against the Tutsi, attended by 300 students and teachers from India, and an evening of remembrance attended by more than 600 people.

Approximately 300 students and teachers attended an exhibition of artworks on the history of the genocide.
Representatives of 110 countries attended the evening of remembrance.
The students performed a play depicting the image of the genocide against the Tutsi.
Students from Bal Bharti Public School performed the song "Mwakire Indabo" by Ndayishimiye Joseph Musinga.
The Ambassador of Ireland to India, Kevin Kelly, is one of officials who delivered remarks.
An exhibition of artworks on the history of Genocide Against the Tutsi
These art pieces show how Rwanda was rebuilt after the genocide
Sevala Naik Mude was representing the Government of India.
The Qutub Minar tower was lit in the colors of the Rwandan flag on April 7th.