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Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Rwanda Genocide Remembered

Today Rwandans has gathered for the 15th anniversary of the April Tutsi genocide.
It is the beginning of events for the whole week that will reflect not only what happened between 1990 and 1994, but also the best way to reconcile and make sure it will never happen again.
Among people who attended the anniversary, was Mrs Blair, the wife of former Prime minister of England, Tony Blair.
The anniversary was led by President Paul Kagame. The event was conducted at different sites, but interestingly, all sites at 12 noon, all activities were halted for one minute, including speeches, and people had to stand to give respect to the deceased.
Thereafter, everything went on as planned. At the site where I attended, (had several hundreds people) the anniversary continued by following the speech of the president through the media, and when he concluded, we all dispersed in peace and harmony but in sorrow.

All public and private activities were suspended until late in the afternoon after the conclusion of anniversary. However, those resumed, were more of public transport and petrol stations, otherwise most services remained closed. For the next 7 days, it is expected to be devoid of all celebrations, however work will continue as usual from tomorrow.

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