Members of Lions Club International, yesterday, condemned the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi after visiting Kigali Memorial Centre to pay tribute to the victims.
Members of Lions Club International, district 409, which brings together Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, are in the country for the 56th convention of the district.
Alphonse Kayiranga Mukama, the secretary general Lions Club Rwanda, said the visit was to reaffirm the Club’s commitment to fight genocide, its ideology as well as denial.
He added that the delegates from neighbouring countries will join the fight against genocide denial after what they saw at the memorial centre.
“Our duty is to serve people regardless of their backgrounds. We want to be in a better world in which people love one another regardless of whatever divergences,” said Deo Mugangu from DR Congo.
“It’s beyond comprehension to see human beings treated as animals. I can’t believe this. We must embrace unity and live together,” he added
Nestor Ntazogomba, from Burundi, said the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda should be a lesson so that such attrocities never happens again.
Lions Club International is a non-profit organisation that started in 1830 in the US and 1960 in Rwanda. It has 1.3 million members worldwide. It engages in peace building and community services, helping vulnerable people.