As Rwanda commemorate, for the 28th time, the Genocide against the Tutsi, citizens have expressed their relief after they returned to physical gatherings after two years of suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, commemoration activities that required mass gatherings were suspended as part of the measures to contain the highly infectious virus. These restrictions were partially lifted on this 28th occasion, allowing citizens to commemorate their loves ones at village level. Different people who spoke to The New Times expressed a sigh of relief. Providence Musesangohe, the Executive Secretary of Gisozi sector said: “We can now meet and pay tribute to the victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.” He said such gatherings are crucial to the healing process of the survivors and all Rwandans in general. Others cited that trauma and other mental health challenges rose during the periods in which commemoration activities were held virtually. “When people are able to interact physically, mental support is easily provided compared to when they commemorate virtually,” said Aimable Mugisha, a resident of Gisozi sector. Unity is our best resource During the gatherings, residents in villages across the country held discussions that revolved around Rwanda’s history which is characterised by the genocide as well as the unity and reconciliation journey in post-genocide Rwanda. The speakers tasked Rwandans to uphold unity as their virtue, and a precious resource that will drive them into a brighter future. In Gisozi sector, Paul Paduwa stressed that the unity of Rwandans must be consolidated. “Keep in mind that disunity of the Rwandan society was the main motif of the genocide government. Unity is our precious natural resource and if we do not maintain it,” he urged. While discussing with residents of Rusororo sector in Kabutare village, former Member of Parliament Joseph Karemera called on the people to stay united. Despite some of the activities that will take place in large gatherings during the mourning period, the Walk to Remember was suspended while the night vigil will be televised on the national broadcaster.