By Elias Hakizimana.
The National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) calls up on parents to tell the truth their children about the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in 1994 to prevent any stigma for those born from perpetrators.
The message was given by Fidele Ndayisaba, the Executive Secretary of NURC on Monday, September 23, 2019 during a press conference at the Commission’s headquarters in Kigali.
He highlighted that a child will not pay for his parents’ crime but the shame stays in their hearts. Ndayisaba said it is better to reveal the truth to children instead of telling them that their parents are life-sentenced over other crimes.
Researchers found that many children born from Genocide Perpetrators live with stigma attached to that kind of shame to hear that their parents committed such atrocities.
“It is a responsibility of parents to tell their children the truth about genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi so that they leave out stigma,” Ndayisaba said.
NURC started campaigns to tell Rwandans through discussions that a crime is a personal issue and this has given positive results where some perpetrators willingly joined survivors to request for forgiveness and seek for Unity and Reconciliation.
The Rwanda Reconciliation Barometer (RRB 2010) study indicated that the levels of national unity and reconciliation stood at 80 per cent while the recent of 2015 indicated that it increased to 92.5 percent, while it is expected to be at 96 percent in 2014.
Rwanda will start a Unity and Reconciliation month slating from October 1st to 31st, 2019 with the theme “25 years in building Unity and Reconciliation: our Unity, our Choice,”
NURC is mandated by the Constitution to prepare and coordinate and promote national unity and reconciliation efforts.
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