BUFMAR staff visit Murambi Genocide Memorial

By IGIHE
On 3 June 2019 at 08:43

The management and staff of Bureau des Formations Médicales Agréées du Rwanda (BUFMAR) an organization supplying medicines in Rwanda have visited Murambi genocide memorial in Gasaka sector in Nyamagabe district, Southern Province where they received explanations on heinous killings of Tutsi during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

The representative of the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) at Murambi memorial, Stanley Mugabarigira explained that victims killed in Murambi had come from different commune of the then including Karama, Mudasomwa, Kinyamakara and Rukondo.

He explained Tutsi started fleeing between 9th and 11th April 1994 after genocide perpetrators started setting their properties on fire.

Some fled to churches while others were taken in a bus to Murambi School believing it was a safe place. They were however attacked in the night of 21st April 1994 by soldiers with grenades and later killed the rest with traditional weapons.

The place turned into Murambi Memorial which is home to over 50,000 victims killed at the school and neighboring areas.

After visiting five sections of Murambi memorial and receiving explanations on genocide history, the management of BUFMAR donated food stuff including rice, beans, sanitary equipment among others to Seraphine Mukamazimpaka, a vulnerable genocide survivor in Gasaka sector.

The Chairman of the Board of BUFMAR, Dr Albert Nzayisenga said that commemoration of genocide enables Rwandans to reflect on the country’s history to learn consequences of bad leadership and draw measures to prevent re-occurrence of genocide.

Ten employees of BUFMAR were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The Managing Director of BUFMAR, Ernest Rwagasana said that they draw strength from remembering fallen staff to strive for a peaceful country.

Rwagasana explained that visiting Murambi memorial was meant to learn from cruel killings of Tutsi in different places to be passed to their children.

“We want to learn more about how genocide was committed with extreme cruelty and draw measures against genocide,” he said.

The spokesperson of Anglican Church of Rwanda (EAR) in Kigeme diocese, Bishop Asiel Musabyimana said commemorating the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is a good opportunity of joining Rwandans to look back and adopt anti-genocide measures.

BUFMAR was founded in Rwanda in 1975 on the initiative of the Christian Churches. It comprises of 22 members including 9 Catholic Church dioceses, Anglican Church, ADEPR, Eglise Methodiste du Rwanda, Association des Eglise Baptiste au Rwanda (AEBR), Union des Eglises Baptiste au Rwanda (UEBR) and Eglise Presbyterienne au Rwanda (EPR).

the management of BUFMAR have visited Murambi genocide memorial in Gasaka sector in Nyamagabe district
The management and staff of BUFMAR visited the Genocide memorial of Murambi

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