Rwandans in Chicago, US gathered last Friday to honour victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, in an event that drew a cross section of people from different cultures.
The event, held at Truman College, was attended by several members of the Diaspora from Tanzania and Uganda living in Chicago.
The film, “Remember, Unite, Renew” was shown.
Several testimonies about the Genocide and how far Rwanda had come 20 years after the mayhem were delivered, while the Executive Director of the Cambodian Association of Illinois, Dary Mien, shared her experience as a Genocide survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime.
She brought empathy to the commemoration and reaffirmed resolve to prevent genocide from happening again anywhere in the world.
Clementine Butera Uwase, a Genocide survivor, shared her testimony, having witnessed the killing of much of her family when she was 11 years old.
Another survivor, Annabella Uwineza, also shared her testimony narrating what it was like to lose the majority of her family at the age of four.
Pastor Dave Jenkins apologised for the failings of America, churches in East Africa, and his own silence as the Genocide raged in 1994.