Rwanda Remembers: President Kagame’s address to the nation on the occasion of 26th commemoration of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

On 7 April 2020 at 12:39

Rwandans, friends of Rwanda, we are in that period of the year where words are not enough to express the intensity of our feelings. For the 26th time, we are commemorating the 1994 genocide against Tutsi as we have always done and shall always do.

I would like first to thank Rwandans across the country in their homes and friends of Rwanda who are following up closely on this ceremony as we begin commemoration. I equally thank you for abiding by hard but necessary preventive measures established to combat coronavirus around the globe.

For survivors and their families, commemorating is particularly different during the pandemic as we cannot be together or console each other. Rwandans are accustomed to comforting each other during this period and seeking solace in the arms of their neighbors especially during the Walk to Remember, vigils or discussions in our respective villages.
Due to the unpredictable circumstances which led to the outbreak of coronavirus, we will not be together to commemorate as a nation but that will not keep us from celebrating the lives of our lost loved ones and paying them the tribute they deserve.

Today, we remember the genocide, a tragedy that left indelible scars on people and on our nation.
We will continue to educate young Rwandans and future generations the dark history of our country and the lessons we learned from it.

Those lessons are an integral part of our lives as Rwandans and will serve in building a better Rwanda through accountable leadership and protecting citizens from harm.
We have learned the hard way the importance of unity in building an inclusive community for Rwandans and future generations.
The relentlessness and empathy which characterize Rwandans are a strong enough foundation to mitigating all the hardships that might come our way.

As citizens of the world, our lives are in many ways intertwined. We will continue to push efforts to build a better world by sharing our history and nurturing values of unity and reconciliation.

We should always remember that in union there is strength and for as long as we will remain united, our nation will never again perish.

Thank you. God Bless you all.

For the 26th time, we are commemorating the 1994 genocide against Tutsi as we have always done and shall always do.