11 February 2013

Rwanda: Genocide Commemorations to be Held

The 19th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi will be marked at the Village (Umudugudu) level. For the past years, ceremonies to start the Commemoration week (April 7 to 13) in Kigali have been taking place at Amahoro stadium while the last day was marked at the Rebero Memorial,the genocide memorial for political leaders.

"Celebration at the grassroots level will bring about more participation for all the population from neighborhood" Protais Mitali, Minister of sports and culture told journalists during the post cabinet press conference. "This will at a long creates ownership of the event" he said.

On April 7th, 2013 President Kagame will pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the genocide at Gisozi memorial and will deliver his message that all Rwanda will be able to follow in their village.

As per a recent Cabinet decision of February 5, other changes on the Genocide commemoration include the use of the grey color during commemoration instead of purple. Minister Mitali said that choosing the grey color--color of ashes-is culturally motivated as it was the one used by Rwandans for mourning.

For Kigali city, Genocide Commemoration will be marked at Amahoro Stadium every five years.

For the 19th Genocide Commemoration, as in the past, there will be meetings and public lectures under this year's theme "Let us commemorate the Tutsi Genocide as we strive for self reliance". As usual, Genocide commemoration related activities will continue until July 4th and conference,

Minister Mitali reminded Rwandans that remembering the genocide is a collective obligation and he called everyone to help survivors and to visit Genocide memorials.

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