Rwandan peacekeepers deployed in different missions across Africa have joined the rest of Rwandans to mark the 24th commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
Peacekeepers deployed in Central Africa Republic; Darfur in Sudan and South Sudan were on Saturday joined by friends to commemorate.
Rwandan peacekeepers serving under the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) together with the Rwandan Community living in Bangui, Central Africa Republic (CAR) were joined by CAR Government dignitaries including the President of Central Africa Republic Faustin Archange Touadéra; and UN officials to mark the 24thcommemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The commemoration event was held at Rwandan Contingent camp, Socatel M’poko, Bangui.
In his commemoration message delivered by the Prime Minister Patrice Sarandji, President Touadéra , who also lit the Flame of Remembrance and laid wreath to a monument in honour of victims of the genocide, said that the genocide against the Tutsi is an example of the failure of the international community.
“Every time we meet here to remember, our memories are refreshed by failures of the international community in Rwanda in 1994. We also look back and imagine what would have happened if peacekeepers in our country decided to abandon us… we would also be in the same situation like Rwanda,” Prime Minister Sarandji said.
He thanked the Rwandan peacekeepers for their role in restoring peace and security in CAR.
Rwanda peacekeepers in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan ( UNMISS) and Rwandan Community in South Sudan were joined by the United Nations Officials and other for commemoration.
The Commemoration event was held at Juba Tomping Camp base of Rwanbat1 and attended by different dignitaries including the UNMISS Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, David Shearer who delivered a message of condolences to the Genocide victims and accepted the failure of international community as a fact in Rwanda in 1994.
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports in South Sudan, Salal Rajab Bunduki said that the history of Rwanda has a lot of lessons for South Sudan.
He appreciated the efforts of Rwandans in fighting against those who deny and trivialize the Genocide against Tutsi from across the World.
A similar commemoration event was also held in Malakal where Rwanda peacekeepers maintain positions.
Also in Darfur, Rwandan Peacekeepers serving under the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and Community were joined by other UNAMID peacekeepers and different friends to mark the commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
The event was marked by a walk to remember and lit of candles in memory of the Genocide victims. It was attended by different dignitaries including the UNAMID Force Commander, Lt Gen Leonard Muriuki Ngondi.
While addressing the audience, the Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Rwanda in the Republic of Sudan, Ismael Shyaka noted that the commemoration was an annual occasion to reflect on what happened in 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, 45 years after the Holocaust.
“After the Holocaust the International Community and the United Nations had decided to prevent such crimes by creating legal provisions. But where were the International Community and the United Nations in 1994?” he questioned.
“The young generation and generations to come have the right to know the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi as part of their dark history. So we have a duty to tell the truth about what happened and preserve all genocide proofs” he added.