1994-2017: The world has a lot to learn from Rwanda


Photos of Genocide victims inside Kigali Genocide memorial. (File)


Your newspaper of April 7 was full of many interesting articles on the 23rd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. And this year’s commemoration theme, “Remember the Genocide against the Tutsi - Fight Genocide Ideology - Build on our progress,” could not be more appropriate.

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, said, “the world needs to learn from Rwanda.”

Indeed, 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 the people who were affected in one way or the other by the Genocide against the Tutsi.

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

Clarence Fernandes