Coronavirus: 26th Genocide commemoration devoid of gatherings

By Elina Jonas Ruzindana
On 19 March 2020 at 06:51

As Rwanda prepares to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, steps have been taken to mark the season in different ways that will enable the prevention of coronavirus spread.

The National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) has said during the 26th commemoration, instead of getting people together, commemoration testimonies and talk shows will be delivered through the media.

Group visits to Kigali Genocide Memorial and other commemoration sites have also been discouraged.

CNLG Executive Secretary Dr. Bizimana Jean Damascène has told the media that special discussions highlighting how specific genocide preparations were executed on particular dates will be communicated.

"We will use the media in all forms, television, radio, social media so that the message is delivered in every way possible."

"Let’s say on the 11th, we can do a special media talk show through which we explain the history of the April 11, the events in Nyanza Kicukiro and other places where the Tutsis were killed on that date so that we can go on and on about the history as it happened so that people would feel they are in the commemoration season.”

The CNLG has said during the 26th commemoration, instead of getting people together, commemoration testimonies and talk shows will be delivered through the media.

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