US-based Rwandan artiste, The Ben, has released a new song, I can See, in honour of the memory of the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The singer says that remembering the Genocide is an obligation for every Rwandan.
“Sharing our history, some of which has been tragic, will help us build the future, fight genocide ideology and anything that could take the country back to the dark past. It will also help us focus on what will advance the collective good of Rwandans,” The Ben said.
The Ben describes the 100-day period from April 7, 1994 to July 3, in which over one million people died as “the scene of the greatest tragedy of all time.”
However, the Ndi Uwi I Kigali hitmaker believes that his new tune will help portray a positive image of Rwanda around the world.
“In addition to creating a moving, mournful tune, I purposely composed the verses about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and how the country is successfully rebuilding itself.”
The singer, born Benjamin Mugisha, urges Rwandans not to forget the past and to promote forgiveness and reconciliation.
“It is really important not to forget our past in order to continue passing on our history to other generations, and more importantly, to continue praying for our nation. It is our duty as Rwandans to let our voice be heard,” he said. The Ben relocated to the US in 2010.
The Ben says genocide will never happen again in Rwanda because the country has good leadership that encourages the welfare of its citizens and has a clear vision and strategy.
“Although we are still fighting the consequences of the Genocide, we strongly believe that Rwanda has a better future,” he noted. The Ben calls on Rwandans to comfort those who lost loved ones, orphans, widows and those completely without families so that they are not overwhelmed by the immense sorrow during the commemoration period.
“I wish to comfort and encourage you all. In particular, I urge the survivors of the Genocide to remain strong and courageous, and ask all Rwandans to be close to them and help them through this difficult period of remembrance.”