The event that took place on Wednesday 14th April 2021 brought together Rwandans living in Qatar and four diplomats representing their African countries in Qatar. These include Eswatini, Ghana, Mali and Haiti as well as a lecturer from Nigeria.
These diplomats reflected how Genocide was perpetrated with extreme cruelty and urged genocide survivors to strive for a peaceful and united world and live in harmony with others.
Rwanda’s ambassador in Qatar, François Nkulikiyimfura said that people should learn from dark history that characterized the country to prevent reoccurrence of what happened.
“Today, we remember women, men, girls and boys killed for their innate personality. They were people like me who had dreams and aspirations to support their families build our nation. Remembering should be everyone’s responsibility to preserve history for future generation to know the truth and learn from what happened,” he said.
Amb. Nkulikiyimfura also called on international community to whip crackdown on genocide fugitives roaming freely as well as propagandists denying and trivializing Genocide to face justice.
“Bringing to book people who perpetrated Genocide and others trivializing it helps to heal wounds of genocide survivors and facilitates unity and reconciliation. It is shameful to see people that continue to trivialize Genocide. Such acts continue to hurt genocide survivors,” he noted.
Rwanda began the 27th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi on 7th April 2021. During the mourning period that lasts for 100 days from April to July, Rwandans inside the country and abroad are joined by their friends to honor genocide victims.