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Kwibuka30: Rwanda begins commemoration events

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The Ministry of Unity and Civic Engagement announced that Umuganda Community work on January 27 in Rwanda began a three-month-long series of events to mark the 30th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi (Kwibuka30), which will culminate in the national commemoration ceremony on April 7, 2024.

The first Kwibuka30 event was held in Huye where residents of the district, students at the University of Rwanda and young people from other districts of Rwanda’s Southern Province planted trees to honor the memory of victims of the Genocide and as a gift to future generations.

 The coming together for a common purpose during Umuganda also

reflects Rwandans’ unity and reconciliation efforts, and commitment to building a brighter future together.

A series of Kwibuka30 inter-generational dialogues, ‘Rubyiruko, Menya Amateka Yawe’ will bring together people from different age groups to learn about Rwanda’s history, and how to shape the country’s future better, MINUBUMWE reports.

Dr Jean Damascène Bizimana, Minister of National Unity and Civic Engagement, said: “Today, young people born after the genocide make up the majority of Rwanda’s population. The Kwibuka30 intergenerational dialogue events will be an apportunity to learn about the origin of the genocide ideology that divided Rwandans, how the genocide

against the Tutsi was planned and implemented, the consequences, and the reconstruction journey.”

 “Young people stopped the genocide, and for the next 30 years, our youth will

sustain the gains the country has made, starting with safeguarding the unity that Rwandans have so diligently worked for in the last 30 years”, Minister Dr Jean Damascene added.

A Kwibuka30 International Conference in April 2024 will convene civil society,

policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders to discuss the resurgence of hate speech and the need to ensure sustainable peace in the region and around the world.

The Ministry of National Unity and Civic Engagement, MINUBUMWE, announces that on January 27, 2024, it was the start of Kwibuka30 Commemoration in District.

Between 27 January- April 2024, it is scheduled of Kwibuka30 integration dialogues, on 5th April it’s day of Kwibuka30 International Conference.

In the statement, MINUBUMWE stated that on 7 April 2024, it will be wreath laying and lighting of the flame of remembrance at Kigali Genocide Memorial, and National Commemoration Ceremony.

Rwanda started a three month long series to mark the 30th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994.

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