At least 250 people on Saturday turned up at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel, in The Hague, The Netherlands to mark the 21st anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
The participants included Rwandans, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to The Netherlands, friends of Rwanda and officials from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Rwandan Ambassador to The Netherlands, Jean Pierre Karabaranga, took the mourners through the country’s history, saying that the Genocide was a culmination of a long campaign to persecute the Tutsi, a campaign that started in 1959, with the killing of over 15,000 people.
“On this day of remembrance, we commend RPF-Inkotanyi for their sacrifice and bravely during the horrible period. They are our heroes and will always be revered,” said Karabaranga, referring to the former RPA rebels that stopped the Genocide.
The envoy commended the Dutch government for standing with Rwanda in the aftermath of the Genocide and for supporting various development initiatives Rwandans undertook to rebuild the country.
The Saturday event was preceded with a Walk to Remember.