Rwanda honors genocide victims on 26th anniversary

Kigali Genocide Memorial. A room that shows photos of the victims,PHOTO/AFP

Rwandans and friends of Rwanda will Tuesday commence weeklong activities organised to mark the 26th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

This year’s commemoration will focus on the impact of digitising historical records of the Genocide, and the role of youth in fighting against Genocide denial and ideology.

The commemoration is expected to start with a lighting of the ‘Flame of Remembrance’ at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Gisozi most probably by President Paul Kagame, which will burn for the next 100 days.

The Head of State has always led the country to kick off the commemoration activities, which are observed by laying wreaths in honour of not only the 250,000 victims interred at the memorial, but also all victims of the Genocide.

The National Commission for the Fight against the Genocide (CNLG) told The New Times recently that this year’s edition of Kwibuka 26 will be conducted differently  mainly due to the coronavirus outbreak that has devastated the world.

The annual Walk to Remember and a night vigil that used to take place at the National Stadium will also not be held this year.

He said that the ‘Walk to Remember’ that has been held for the last 25 years will be replaced by a broadcasted talk show while the night vigil, which encompasses survivors’ testimonies will be replaced by survivors’ success stories that will be broadcasted on different media channels.

More than a million people were killed in the carefully planned massacre that lasted 100 days, from April through July 1994.



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