Kwibuka23: What the world needs to learn from Rwanda


Amahoro National Stadium was at full capacity as Rwandans turned out for a night vigil to honour and remember victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, yesterday. Village Urugwiro.


Your newspaper today (April 7) is full of many articles on the the 23rd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

This year’s theme chosen is “Remember the Genocide against the Tutsi - Fight Genocide Ideology - Build on our progress.”

Please allow me to share with your esteemed readers that we have a group of twenty-two Indian pilgrims, mostly retired senior citizens, who have travelled all the way from Mumbai to the Holy Land of Kibeho, to show their solidarity with the people of Rwanda and to offer prayers during Kwibuka 23.

As Dr. (Fr.) Clifton Lobo, the Spiritual Director of the Indian pilgrimage group, remarked, “the world needs to learn from Rwanda.”

For sure, we must all take a leaf from this beautiful land of a thousand hills and emulate the great example of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation which the Government of Rwanda has most effectively inculcated in the minds and hearts of all the people who were affected in one way or the other by the Genocide.

We must all strive to ensure that “Never Again” will such acts of violence take place anywhere in the world again.

Clarence Fernandes