Draw lessons from dark past, says Nsengimana

THE MINISTER OF YOUTH and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, has urged the youth to use their skills and strengths to fight anything that might lead to the genocide anywhere in the world.

THE MINISTER OF YOUTH and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, has urged the youth to use their skills and strengths to fight anything that might lead to the genocide anywhere in the world.

He was speaking at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) on Wednesday as part of activities to mark the 19th Genocide commemoration week.

Nsengimana told the students and staff at the university that “Genocide brought shame to the Rwandan community,” and appealed to them to “draw lessons from that dark past so as to contribute to rebuilding the country”.

Citing the German philosopher and revolutionary socialist Karl Marx, Nsengimana said: “Shame is a revolutionary sentiment”.

“Express that [feeling of shame] and assume it and then, drawing from that, say ‘enough is enough’. Ask yourself what you can do about what happened and take action”, Minister Nsengimana said.

“You cannot change history. What happened, happened, you can’t change it. But, there is something you can do: stand up against genocide and everything that might lead to it”.

He told the students that they are the ones who will determine the future of their country and asked them to make sure they steer it to a better destination.

Nsengimana also urged the youth to actively participate in all Genocide commemoration activities and asked them to bring in new innovations.

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