Park Inn by Radisson pays tribute to Genocide victims

Park Inn by Radisson Hotel staff observe a moment of silence in honour of the victims of 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi at Ntarama Genocide Memorial. Craish Bahizi.

The staff of Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, Kigali on Wednesday paid tribute to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi who are laid to rest at Ntarama Genocide Memorial Centre in Bugesera District.

The memorial is home to over 5,000 Tutsi victims killed in the then Kanzenze Commune and its surroundings.

Park Inn Hotel by Radisson Kigali employees pay tribute to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi on Wednesday. Craish Bahizi.

During the commemoration event, the staff toured the memorial, formerly known as Ntarama Catholic Church, where over 1452 Tutsi’s who had fled for safety and stayed there until they met their untimely death on April 15, 1994.

Bright Batamuriza, Human Resource Manager at Park Inn by Radisson, said “As a business, we not only receive guests but also strive towards creating an impact on the livelihoods of the community around us. We take the commemoration activities at heart because not only do we have employees who were directly affected by the Genocide but we want to join our fellow Rwandans in remembering this dark time, which is a significant part of our history” Batamuriza said.

“If you look at our overall staff, 95 per cent of them are youths with majority of them being born after the Genocide. We need them to know the significance of the commemoration which serves as a reminder  to the youth that there’s need to actively participate in the country’s rebuilding process by refreshing “our minds and having hope for tomorrow” said Batamuriza

During this 100 days of commemoration, the Park Inn by Radisson’s management plans to visit and lend a helping hand to Genocide survivors.

Batamuriza also commended her fellow Rwandans for their resilience over the last 25 years.

The staff later gathered at the hotel for a commemoration conversation to learn more about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and how they can draw lessons from the past in order to shape a better future.