Kigali residents throng Gisozi Memorial site for commemoration

GASABO - Hundreds of thousands of Kigali City residents gathered at Gisozi memorial site on Friday to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The commemoration was symbolized by different activities including honouring those that have already been buried there, donating to the survivors and re-burying remains of victims of the Genocide that were exhumed from different parts of the city.
Local businessman Amur Sultan  together with his family lay a wreath at Gisozi on Friday. Sultan later contributed Rwf300, 000 to the One Dollar Campaign. (Photo/ J. Mbanda)
Local businessman Amur Sultan together with his family lay a wreath at Gisozi on Friday. Sultan later contributed Rwf300, 000 to the One Dollar Campaign. (Photo/ J. Mbanda)

GASABO - Hundreds of thousands of Kigali City residents gathered at Gisozi memorial site on Friday to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The commemoration was symbolized by different activities including honouring those that have already been buried there, donating to the survivors and re-burying remains of victims of the Genocide that were exhumed from different parts of the city.

Speaking to The New Times during the event, Amur Sultan a businessman who owns many of the structures in the city centre said that he visited Gisozi Memorial Site with members of his family and his tenants to donate to the memorial site and to also contribute to the “One Dollar Campaign” programme.

“The Genocide claimed over a million people and it is a role of everybody to provide assistance to the survivors and to rebuild Rwanda; we are putting Rwf 300,000 to the One Dollar Campaign basket and Rwf 200,000 as a support to Gisozi Memorial Site,” said Sultan.

Sultan is a resident of Nyarugenge District and he was accompanied by many residents of the district.
Present at Gisozi the same day were thousands from the Gasabo District.

According to Gasabo Vice- Mayor in charge of social welfare Narcisse Ndagijimana, residents of his district had turned up to honour the victims of the genocide and give a supporting hand to the survivors.

“We are calling on everybody to remember what happened in this country and to ensure that it never happens again; we should strive to develop and see the progress of our country,” remarked Ndagijimana.

Residents of Gasabo visited the memorial site and later laid a wreath on the mass graves of victims buried at the site.

Among those that turned up were residents of Kicukiro district who had turned up with remains of victims of the genocide that had been brought for a decent burial.

The activities are part of the ongoing 15th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi which claimed over a million lives.

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