On 7th April 2016, Rwandans living in Moscow and their Friends gathered at the Embassy Headquarter to commemorate and mourn the victims of the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 in Rwanda.
During the commemoration, two documentaries “Ubumuntu” and “Our hope our future” were screened, followed by a candle lighting ceremony which symbolized the flame of remembrance for all the victims of the genocide and a hope for a brighter future for the survivors and the nation.
Opening the night vigil, Amb Mujawamariya said that every 7th day of April, Rwandans gathered to commemorate more than a million of Rwandans killed during the 100 darkest days of the Rwanda’s history. “We commemorate the children, men and women, adults and young people even unborn babies in their mothers’ wombs”. We may not know what their projects were, but surely, they dreamed of a peaceful and prosperous Rwanda.
She added that genocide was stopped by children of Rwanda, who sacrificed their lives and decided to save targeted people, thus Rwandans should always be self reliant”. Today, we want to thank from the bottom of our heart, all those who struggled to stop the genocide. While commemorating, let us remember, unite and work together to build a stronger and healthier nation and boost our determination to safeguard the achievements.
Ambassador Mujawamariya urged Rwandans in Moscow to strive for heroism and professionalism in whatever they do and to Embassy staff, she requested to be more professional and result oriented since any country development is an endless struggle.
On the theme of this year’s genocide commemoration, Amb Mujawamariya recalled that genocide planners and implementers had an intention to exterminate all Tutsi in Rwanda, today, still there are genocide deniers and ideologists who keep denying the so far achieved Rwanda’s progress, who do not value Rwandans’ efforts and determination to have a stronger, united and self reliable nation. We need to be stronger than ever, and spread the word of our achievements, unity and reconciliation, patriotism being our efficient weapon.
The Ambassador urged Rwandan Diaspora and Friends of Rwanda to keep fighting against genocide deniers and genocide ideology, preventing any behavior that would take us back to bitter days we went through.”
According to the Law on genocide ideology, article 3 of law no 84/2013 of September 11, 2013 defines Genocide ideology. It stipulates that “Genocide ideology shall be any deliberate act, committed in public whether orally, written or video means or by any other means which may show that a person is characterized by ethnic, religious, nationality or racial-based with the aim to advocate for the commission of Genocide and support it.”
During this launching of the week of commemoration and mourning the victims of the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 in Rwanda, a lecture on Rwanda’s living values was delivered to the audience to help the young generation to understand which of the values that were betrayed during the genocide. The main Rwanda’s living value that was betrayed is “Respect of life” and “Patriotism”. The feeling from the audience especially young generation shows that Rwanda has a brighter future of being a peaceful, prosperous and self sustained nation.