The 16th Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide

Yesterday, the 7th of April, was the 16th commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The Swedish Social Democratic Parliamentary Group held an event at the second chamber in the Swedish Parliament yesterday were Mr Kent Härstedt MP spokesperson at the Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) welcomed a large number of ambassadors, members of parliament, NGO’s, Rwandan citizens living in Sweden. Africa’s Potential was also present to pay respect to  the almost 1 million people that perished during the 100 days long genocide.

The former Swedish Prime Minister, Ingvar Carlsson, who served as the UN Mandated Independent Inquiry into the UN actions during the 1994 Rwandan genocide addressed a keynote regarding the reasons why the UN failed to intervene. The late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palmes wife, Lisbet Palme was also present.

A moment of silence in the memory of those who perished in the genocide was held as well as a testimony by Ms. Devota Mukeshimana, a genocide survivor who told her nightmare story were there are only 3 left in her family, who used to be a total of 10 people. The closing remarks was held by H.E the Ambassador of Rwanda, Jaqueline Mukangira.

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One Response to “The 16th Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide”

  1. sammy says:

    July 6th, 2010 at 21:54

    May the souls of the dead people rest in peace.
    We Africans are great forgivers by Nature.
    We have forgiven those who dealt with us and hope that things will get better from now.

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