Rwandans in Uganda Walk to Remember lost relatives

Hundreds of Rwandans living in Uganda, over the weekend, participated in a Walk to Remember as part of the events organised to mark the 19th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The Rwandan student community in Uganda take part in Walk to Remember at Nkumba University over the weekend. The New Times/ Gashegu Muramira.
The Rwandan student community in Uganda take part in Walk to Remember at Nkumba University over the weekend. The New Times/ Gashegu Muramira.

Hundreds of Rwandans living in Uganda, over the weekend, participated in a Walk to Remember as part of the events organised to mark the 19th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The walk was organised by an anti-genocide youth group – Peace and Love Proclaimers (PLP), and Rwandan students studying at Nkumba University.

Carrying banners and placards with messages denouncing genocide and calling for its prevention in the world, the youth were joined by mourners from other countries in a one hour journey along Entebbe Highway.

Later, the mourners gathered at the Nkumba University main hall, where Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Uganda, Frank Mugambage informed the audience of how Rwanda had since recovered from the Genocide and embarked on development.

“The Rwandan leadership assessed the immense challenges the country faced analysed the root causes and made very hard and difficult choices on how to get the country out of the abyss of 1994,” Mugambage said.

The audience later listened to an emotional testimony from Jean Pierre Mwenedata, a student and Genocide survivor who was saved by a sympathiser from being dumped in River Nyabarogo by Interahamwe militias. 

Nkumba University Deputy Dean of studies Elise Nsereko emphasised the value of remembering the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, saying it is a healing process and should be done more often.

“When we remember and give testimonies, it gives a chance to those who don’t know about the Genocide to learn and avoid its occurrence anywhere in the world,” she said.

As part of the commemoration activities, the Rwandan community in Uganda and Friends of Rwanda will on May 3, gather at St. Lawrence University (SLAU) for a night vigil.

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