THE SEVEN-DAY national mourning for the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi ended on Sunday, even as commemoration activities will run until July 3, the eve of the Liberation Day.
In line with tradition, the official commemoration week concluded with the public paying respects to political leaders who were killed in the Genocide, during an event at Rebero Hill, where the former politicians were laid to rest alongside 14,000 other victims of the pogrom.
Notably, during the week, Rwandans stood as one people, as they honoured the memory of the departed and paid tribute to survivors. The spirit of unity exhibited was overwhelming and was a clear message that Rwandans now speak with one voice as they forge their desired destiny.
This was capped by the enormous support from across the globe. The Genocide deniers found it difficult to minimise the tragedy and disseminate falsehoods as the world joined Rwanda in solidarity to commemorate loved ones.
As we move forward, let us keep the patriotism flame burning as we build Rwanda into a country we are proud to call home.
The solidarity and unity witnessed on April 7 as the country welcomed dignitaries from all corners of the globe to join us in the commemoration events – that marked 20 years since the beginning of the Genocide against the Tutsi – should be upheld.
Of course the evil forces of genocidires and their sympathisers will remain lurking but the enduring spirit and resolve of Rwandans will always prevail.
Let’s keep the Kwibuka Flame – an embodiment of our collective remembrance, unity and renewal –burning as we build a better Rwanda.