HUYE- The remains of 137 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis were, on Monday, laid to rest in various parts of Huye District.
At Ruhashya Memorial Site, 122 victims were accorded a decent reburial while in Mbazi Sector; a further15 were interred. Thousands of mourners attended the ceremonies.
Speaking in Ruhashya sector, Dr Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, the president of Ibuka, the umbrella association for Genocide survivors, commended the high turnout of residents, observing that it was a sign of respect to the victims.
He told mourners that commemorating the Genocide was a way of revealing the truth and a respect to those who lost their lives during the massacres. He noted that this was helpful to survivors to build their future.
“Commemorating the Genocide is an occasion for survivors to narrate their sufferings and pains, and for all others to take that crucial step …which will help Rwandans to move on despite the challenges brought about by the sad events of 1994”, Dr Dusingizemungu noted.
Addressing mourners, the deputy Speaker of Parliament, Dr Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo, noted that through commemoration, facts about the Genocide are always revealed.
“Remembering the Genocide, commemorating its victims, burying their remains, are facts about what happened. That is the truth we want, that is the truth we speak. We cannot tolerate anyone who denies that truth: Genocide happened and everyone is aware. We must defend that against anyone who contradicts it”, Ntawukuriryayo urged.
He called upon everyone to reveal the whereabouts of other victims who are yet to be given a decent burial.
“Those who participated in the killings, those who know what happened, and survivors, must work together to reveal the whereabouts of all the victims so as to accord them a decent reburial.”
The Governor of the Southern Province, Alphonse Munyantwari, told residents to live peacefully, urging them to work hard and strive for anything that can help achieve better livelihoods.