There is need to sustain nurturing in Rwandan children the values of humanity, dignity and respect of one’s neighbor, the First Lady Jeannette Kagame said Saturday, in a message to commemorate families which were wiped out during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
Rwandans on Saturday commemorated families which were completely wiped out during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
Organized since 2009 by the organization of former Rwandan students who survived the genocide known by its acronym as GAERG, the commemoration was done through different media platforms featuring discussions on the importance of commemorating wiped out families and genocide denial.
“As we remember the families who were completely wiped out during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi let their memory be a reminder that total extermination is the indisputable uniqueness of a genocide. Let us continue nurturing in our children the values of humanity, dignity and respect of one’s neighbor,” Mrs Kagame said in a tweet.
Let us recommit to fighting genocide ideology, and denial grounded in our journey as a testament to our ability to fight evil with good, she said.
According to Egide Gatari, the coordinator of GAERG, the commemoration of wiped out families keeps their memories alive.
Genocide commemoration and remembering wiped out families is important in educating the future generations about the genocide and fighting genocide denial, he said on Rwanda television talk show.
He called on various institutions to sustain education about the genocide against Tutsi.
Available statistics show that 15,593 families made of more than 68,000 people were wiped out during the genocide across the country.
A family is said to have been wiped out when members of that family, including parents and children were all killed.
Jean-Damascene Bizimana, the executive secretary of the National Commission for Fight against the Genocide, said while genocide denial remains a big challenge commemoration and putting out facts about how the genocide was planned and executed disarms deniers.
Saturday’s event was part of 100 days of the ongoing 26th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi which began on April 7.
More than a million people mainly Tutsi and moderate Hutus were killed during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi which began on April 7.