The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, sent a solidarity message to the Government and people of Rwanda on the occasion of the 24th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
In a letter sent to Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) yesterday, Ahmad said: “It is with sadness that I write this letter to commemorate the Genocide against the Tutsi. The loss of innocent lives of women, children and the elderly will never be erased from all our memories.”
He added: “The sacrifices made to bring peace to Rwanda will continue to guide usalways so that the lives of so many people never perish in vain.
“While sport and football should not serve any political purpose, we certainly believe that they can help bring people together in harmony and peace. Perhaps the joy that our football brings can help the people of Rwanda and the families of the victims to overcome the tragedies of the horrible genocide, even if it’s only for a few minutes of a match.”
“We convey our most sincere hopes of development and prosperity to the Rwandan people. Please accept the assurances of our highest consideration.”
Ahmad’s solidarity message comes a month after his visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre during his official visit to the country.
He made a personal contribution of $2,000 toward the memorial’s maintenance. Over a million people died in the Genocide against the Tutsi.