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Kwibuka23: remember-unite-renew

11 May 2017

The High Commission of Rwanda in Pretoria in partnership with the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre hosted a commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 genocide targeting the Tutsi in Rwanda.

The programme included remarks by High Commissioner Vincent Karega of Rwanda, Tali Nates, Director of the JHGC, as well as survivor testimonies and lighting of candles.

Photo: High Commissioner Vincent Karega and Mr Jock Boyer

High Commissioner Karega's speech focused on remembering for never again, not retaliation, and for also valuing progress in unity and reconciliation and socio economic transformation in Rwanda.

A strong call was made to Rwandans to better understand the importance of unity and resilience with patriotism to sustain the positive trends.

High Commissioner Karega urged the international community to fight the genocide ideology, denial and bring to book the remaining genocidaires still free across countries.

A film of hope by Jock Boyer, 'Rising from Ashes' was screened at the commemoration. Mr. Boyer was present at the occasion and he addressed the gathering on his experience in Rwanda. The film tells the story of cycling legend Jonathan “Jock” Boyer's move to Rwanda to help the first Rwandan National Cycling Team in their six year journey to compete in the Olympic Games. Against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

High Commission of Rwanda in Pretoria, South Africa

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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