Thousands of Rwandan youth will, today, be joined by others from the region in the a ‘Walk to Remember’, an event organised to pay tribute to the over a million Tutsi who were killed in the 1994 Genocide.
The walk is championed by Peace and Love Proclaimers (PLP), the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), Aegis Students and As We Forgive Rwanda initiative.
This year’s ‘Walk to Remember’ will be held under the theme" Uniting The International Community and Empowering the Youth to Take Action against Genocide and Mass Atrocities Worldwide.”
Speaking to the reporters, yesterday, the Director PLP, Marc Gwamaka, said that the walk is aimed at educating people about the causes and consequences of Genocide and highlighting the role and responsibility people have to help prevent such atrocities.
“We, the youth from Rwanda, know and believe that the only way to prevent another Genocide is by educating people in the region and the whole world to stand against it,” he added.
Gwamaka stressed that Rwanda's youth are focused on remembering the past, adding that they can create a better future for their country, free of hatred and divisionism.
“These young people believe Rwanda will continue to have a bright future and are living according to their motto: "be the change," he noted.
The walk starts at 3:00pm from the Parliament to Amahoro National Stadium with a commemorative candle lighting ceremony and reading of the names of some of those who lost their lives during the Genocide.
Throughout April, Rwandan youth living around the world will host ‘Walk to Remember’ and related activities on their campuses and within their communities.
Similar events will take place in 20 locations in Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, DR Congo, Canada, USA, UK and India
Gwamaka stressed that youth teams from Rwanda will travel to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and DR Congo this week to connect with fellow youth and mobilise them in a demonstration against the divisive ideology which can lead to Genocide.
“Before each walk in every country, films on the subject of Genocide will be shown to youths to draw lessons from the past,” he disclosed.
Last year, President Paul Kagame joined thousands of Rwandan youth in the “Walk to Remember.”