6 April 2010

Rwanda: Commemoration period, a Time to Show Solidarity


Kigali — As we kick off the official commemoration week on Wednesday, April 7, we should bear in mind the imperative to care for those that need support during this difficult time that brings back painful memories.

April is a month that brings horrific memories to Rwandans. It is during tough times such as these that solidarity will enable us come through.

In our daily lives, we come encounter various misunderstandings, disagreements or even challenges. However, people's reactions, while under duress, can be unpredictable - which is what tends to happen in the month of April.

It is, therefore, our collective responsibility to be extra cautious, and be mindful of people's feelings during the commemoration period. We should be there for each other, offering support to those who need it.

The number of trauma cases increases during this period. With a show of solidarity, comforting those going through hard times, will not only help them recover, but will also reduce the rising number of the trauma cases.

Sixteen years ago, Rwanda had been written off as a failed state, with people losing hope in life. However, through hard work, and good leadership, the country has not only recovered, but has also become a shining example of success on the African continent.

All that Rwanda has achieved would not be possible, if divisive policies still existed. The benefit of solidarity is there for everyone to see.

That said, let us keep up the spirit of togetherness, actively participating in the commemoration activities and support one another where necessary.

Copyright © 2010 The New Times. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.