Rwandan students at School of Management (MSM) in the Kingdom of Netherlands, together with the school management, recently commemorated 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Speaking at the event, Prof. Huibert de Man recognized the importance of commemoration and appreciated the initiative by Rwandan students to share their country’s experience.
’We are honoured to be in a position to make a modest contribution to this renaissance of Rwanda,” he said.
“Investment in human capital is what our school believes in, and with the education we provide, we hope to enable students, from Rwanda and from other countries, to make a difference in the economic and social development of their societies”.
Parfait Gahamanyi, the Charge d’ Affaires in the Netherlands, reaffirmed the need for commemoration of the Genocide and its impact.
“The Genocide against the Tutsi that engulfed Rwanda in 1994 cost not only lives, but also deeply affected the social-economic and national cohesion economically.
It destroyed almost all infrastructure required for social-economic development, accelerating the poverty of the population,” he noted.
During the event, he highlighted Rwanda’s achievements in the last 16 years adding that the country has made tremendous steps in rebuilding the nation in both social and economic dimensions.
Gahamanyi reminded the audience that the same people who committed the unbelievable crime, continue to preach ethnic hatred and are freely roaming around the world which traumatises Genocide survivors.
He underscored this year’s theme; “Let us continue to combine efforts in managing trauma”, and mentioned that efforts are required to forever banish the ideology of Genocide so that Never Again becomes a reality.
During the commemoration, students shared hope messages, lit candles of hope, and observed a minute’s of silence in remembrance of the victims.
The audience brought together students and members from over 50 nationalities.