Following the weeklong series of activities both within and outside the country that were organised to mark for the 15th time, the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi, a lot remains to be done.
This year has arguably seen the commemoration felt in all corners of the earth, courtesy of the organisers including the National Commission for the Fight Against the Genocide (CNLG).
However, as the week winds up, now that most of our global leaders got to know about the atrocities that befell Rwanda in 1994, have to act especially by arresting those responsible for these heinous acts that left over a million innocent souls dead.
The government has for years lamented the persistent existence of these characters, most of who freely live and work in the western countries despite the Red Notices that have been out for them for years, fully acknowledged by these same countries.
Let these people, if not extradited, at least be apprehended and prosecuted in these countries because this is the least they can do to restore hope in the Rwandan community in general and the survivors of these atrocities in particular.
Leading international figures paid homage to the victims through the ‘Lighting the Candle of Hope’ activity, including world leaders and celebrities the world over; let these people use their influence, which they undisputedly possess to lobby for the arrest of these fugitives whose dossiers have been prepared and are gathering dust in file cabinets in offices of these countries.
Nothing will restore hope in Genocide survivors more than seeing justice dispensed through bringing to book these fugitives that planned the one hundred-day mayhem.
Another activity that characterised the week is the launch of the ‘One Dollar Campaign’ which was championed by the Rwanda Diaspora Global Network with an aim of helping orphans of the Genocide who, 15 years after loosing their parents to the carnage, have no where to call home.
This is yet another initiative mooted by Rwandans to solve problems faced by the Rwandan community; a good step and an indication that we actually can free ourselves from the chains of foreign aid.
Let this not remain in the Diaspora, all of us in the country should take heed and contribute to this normal cause by contributing the symbolic one dollar or more because we owe it to these innocent children who are the future of our country.