EAC to commemorate 25th anniversary of Rwandan genocide

22Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
EAC to commemorate 25th anniversary of Rwandan genocide

THE East African Community (EAC) secretariat in collaboration with various stakeholders and Tanzanian local authorities in Arusha will this Sunday commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

THE East African Community (EAC)

Stakeholders to the commemoration  which will be held at the EAC headquarters in Arusha include, Arusha and Moshi Rwandan community, the embassy of Rwanda in Tanzania, the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), religious denominations based in Arusha, representatives of students from high school, universities of the Arusha Region and EAC staffs.

Themed “Remember-Unite-Renew”, this year’s commemoration will be an occasion to pay tribute to the more than one million innocent lives lost through the heinous extermination of Tutsis in Rwanda 25 years ago. 

A press statement released by EAC yesterday said that this year’s commemoration will focus mainly on the legacy of strength, resilience, and unity that the new generation is called upon to sustain as well as safeguarding the strides Rwanda has been able to make over the past quarter of the century and carry forward the vision for Rwanda’s transformation. 

Since the 20th commemoration, EAC has taken a commendable route to support genocide survivors and recognizing genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda as a crime against humanity, first by building a genocide monument in the EAC gardens and further by setting April 7th every year on the EAC calendar as a special day to commemorate the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda. 

The EAC commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi by standing against genocide denial and its ideology and recognising the incredible bravery of those who rescued others during the genocide at great risk to themselves and their families.