Rwandans in Nottingham pay tribute to Genocide victims

Genocide survivor Amdani Juma has spoken of the strength he has found 20 years on from the atrocities in Rwanda as Nottingham commemorates the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Genocide survivor Amdani Juma has spoken of the strength he has found 20 years on from the atrocities in Rwanda as Nottingham commemorates the Genocide against the Tutsi.

The Kwibuka (Remembrance) Flame, which is touring the UK in remembrance of the Tutsis who died in the 100-day slaughter, was handed over to Juma at Nottingham Castle, UK, on Saturday.

The torch took a mini tour of Nottingham, travelling to Old Market Square and then the International Exchange Office of Nottingham Trent University where members of the Rwandan Community were joined by students, the Aegis Trust and school children for a memorial event.

Juma, 40, arrived in Nottingham 11 years ago following the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and now lives in Bestwood with his wife and son.

The chairman of the Rwandan Community in Nottingham, Juma has spoken of the importance of remembering the Genocide.

He said: "We must never forget the history or it could happen again. The theme of the event is ‘remember, unite and renew’ which is about finding common ground and finding strength from our differences. We must unite against extremism and inform the new generation."

The Flame will go from Nottingham to Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Scotland and Birmingham.

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