CNLG suspends some commemoration events over COVID-19

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Due to coronavirus outbreak, the 26th commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi due on April 7 will be held with limited events, the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) said.

The Ministry of Health said six new confirmed COVID-19 cases were registered on Saturday, bringing the number to 60.

Appearing on Rwanda Television, Jean-Damascene Bizimana, the executive secretary of CNLG, said this year’s commemoration will take place but not in the usual ways because of the current measures to prevent spread of coronavirus.

The Walk to Remember which normally took place in the afternoon will not take place this year across the country in order to avoid large gatherings in the face of coronavirus threat, he said.

In the same spirit a night vigil which normally followed the Walk to Remember will not take place across the country.

The two events will be replaced with discussions aimed at educating people about the genocide which will be done through different media platforms, according to Bizimana.

On April 7, the commemoration will be launched at Kigali Memorial site as usual with bowing in silence to pay respects to more than 1 million people killed in the genocide, laying of wreaths at the graves, and lighting of a flame, according to the CNLG.

But the ceremonies will be brief and with limited number of people, he added.

Bizimana said similar ceremonies will take place in districts countrywide but with limited number of people.

More than one million people were killed in the genocide against Tutsi in a period of 100 days.

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