Rwandans demonstrated the spirit of brotherhood as a people that share a common history during the 21st commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi by fundraising towards the fund for the support of genocide survivors among other donations.
President Paul Kagame presided over the start of this year’s commemoration on April 7 at Kigali Genocide Memorial with a call on Rwandans to resist negative forces that want to rewrite Rwanda’s history as manifestation of the guilt of their complicity in preparation and execution of the Genocide.
Besides contributing building materials, farm animals like cows, goats and pigs were donated to the most vulnerable genocide survivors across the country to help improve their living standards that were devastated by the mayhem. Such actions continued to build the resilience of the genocide survivors and sense of unity, said Dr. Jean Damascene Bizimana, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG).
A total of FRW 745, 597, 512 was realized from contributions by individuals, ministries, public and private institutions. Dr. Bizimana disclosed the detailed report on Friday, July 10, 2015 during media briefing at CNLG Head Offices at Remera, Kigali. Bizimana was flanked with Dr. Diogéne Bideli, CNLG Legal Advisor.
Bizimana expressed gratitude to the Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) for the medical services to the Genocide survivors. The Army, also, during the army week built houses as well as rehabilitating others for Rwandans made vulnerable by the Genocide.
CNLG Executive Secretary called on Rwandans to resist genocide ideology, which is being propagated by the 1994 Genocide deniers, adding that paying visits to the 1994 Genocide memorials was one of the ways Rwandans would use to demonstrate to the young generation and the world that the genocide against the Tutsi is evident reality of Rwanda’s bad history. He said the media has a better platform to front this noble fight.
University students brought together under the Association des Etudiants et Elèves Rescapés du Genocide (AERG) visited Genocide survivors of Rukumberi, Bisesero and Nyagatare among others places. The students helped in putting up houses for some of them and donated variously.
CNLG officials, also, unveiled a plan to upgrade the Genocide memorials of Nyarubuye, Nyamata, Bisesero, Murambi and Kigali Genocide Memorial in a bid to accord the victims a decent burial.
The officials attributed the decrease in the number of trauma cases from 3,094 last year to 1,161 this year to remembrance.