25 years after the Rwandan genocide, Rwanda has a new light, says the president “Our bodies and minds bear amputations and scars, but none of us is alone,” said President Paul Kagame. The Rwandan genocide still remains as one of the hilarious massacres that eve happened in Africa. A mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda, took place between 7 April and 15 July 1994 during the Rwandan Civil War.
A group of officials, Rwandans friends of the deceased, well wishers, Human rights activists and Finnish authorities on Friday convened at the Oodi Helsinki Central Library in Finland to pay tribute to victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
The whole event was led and organised by the Rwandan embassy in Stockholm, this also is also important by its duties to the other Nordic countries that includes countries like Finland. The meeting was inclusive of diplomats that came from other countries across the globe, Not forgetting the Members of civil society.
Leena-Kaisa Mikkola a Finnish diplomat who was once a Finnish Ambassador to Tel Aviv from September 1, 2011 to August 30, Currently now the e Director General for Africa and Middle East in the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presented a speech on behalf of her government and commended Rwanda’s recovery journey, despite a traumatic past.
“Rwanda’s path after the Genocide against the Tutsi has been a miracle. In these 25 years, Rwanda experienced a tremendous progress in its reconstruction,” she said.
She added that for Rwanda to be able to emerge from a Genocide to become one of the fastest growing economies, offers a lesson to many to follow.
Christine Nkulikiyinka, a Rwandan ambassador to the Nordic countries quoted that, Today, everything that has been achieved in post-genocide Rwanda is courtesy of a leadership that discarded all ethnic labels. She explained to the audience about the country’s history prior to the Genocide, that the country was characterized by divisive politics entrenched by the leadership of the day so as to lay ground for the Genocide against the Tutsi.
She Said “We are only Rwandans, indeed we are a family, she said, adding, “much like the Youth in Finland, Youth in Rwanda enjoy equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the development of our nation.”
“Most of the murderers were our neighbours, friends of ours. We saw them, we could hear them singing kill them all, kill them all…
“In an indescribable traumatic scene, they killed my parents and thousands of Tutsi in the church, school and burned the big cinema hall beside the church. I miraculously survived.”
As she brought her speech to end, she paid tribute to the fallen soldiers under the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF Inkotanyi) and their commander, she hailed and praised President Paul Kagame, whom she sees to have played a big role in rescuing the country and that has also created a free state-sponsored genocide.
Short Memo about About Rwanda Genocide.
Hundreds of Visitors come to Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial monuments that commemorates the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The remains of over 250,000 people are interred there. There is a visitor center for students and those wishing to understand the events leading up to the events of 1994. The Centre is a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide and serves as a place in which the bereaved could bury their family and friends.