Rwandans in Australia build Genocide against the Tutsi memorial

By Esther Muhozi
On 10 May 2024 at 12:40

For the first time in history, a Genocide Memorial commemorating the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi will be inaugurated in the Asia-Pacific region, specifically in the City of Perth in Western Australia.

The memorial is scheduled to be unveiled on May 11, 2024, marking the 30th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi among the Rwandan community in Australia.

This memorial was constructed with significant contributions from the Rwandan Community Perth Inc (RCAP) and the residents of Western Australia.

It was officially approved by the Stirling City Council in 2023, following three years of planning and development.

In a statement released by RCAP, they described this project as a remarkable achievement for both Rwanda and the world, emphasizing that the memorial serves as a definitive symbol of the city’s commitment to respecting diverse cultures and honoring significant historical events.

RCAP highlighted that this initiative shows how local leadership values the principles of remembrance and the importance of preserving history and sharing the lessons derived from it.

According to RCAP, "This memorial holds immense value for Rwandans living in Australia, especially for those who find it challenging to travel back to Rwanda each year for commemoration events."

The organization also noted that the memorial will provide a unique space where Rwandans and friends of Rwanda can reflect on the country’s history and build upon it to ensure that such atrocities are never repeated.

Additionally, the memorial will serve as an educational tool, offering lessons on the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi, examining the consequences of hatred, discrimination, and genocidal ideology, with the aim of reinforcing the pledge that ’Never Again’ will become a principle embraced by all.

Over the years, Rwandans in Western Australia have actively participated in various development initiatives in partnership with the local residents of Stirling, located in Perth.

Local authorities in this region have also supported Rwanda, particularly during the commemorative events of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, attended by various Australian officials.

This memorial is also expected to address the challenges of genocide denial and trivialization prevalent in this country and elsewhere around the world, as it stands as a concrete symbol of the bitter history Rwanda has endured.

This new memorial follows another recently inaugurated in Lauchringen, Germany, which was the first of its kind in that country after a long-awaited period.

To date, Rwanda has established over 21 genocide memorials worldwide, including in Europe, Canada, and Africa, with their number continuing to grow as more countries recognize and value the significance of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

This memorial will further promote the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
This memorial was built in collaboration with Rwandans living in the city of Perth.