The Rwandan-American Community of the Midwest and the Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation hosted a Symposium on Genocide at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana on April 26 and 27, 2019. This year’s commemoration marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda when an estimated 1 million people were killed over a 100-day period from April to July 1994. Articles on Session I, Session II, and Sessions III, IV, and V are also available.
Early arrivals at the Saturday program for the Symposium on Genocide could walk through the small exhibition in the lobby featuring historical information on Rwanda, photos of the memorials and quotations from survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and displays of Rwandan cultural memorabilia before entering the auditorium for the afternoon program.
Program - Documentary - Film - Kwibuka - Remember
The program, which was live-streamed, kicked off with a 10-minute documentary film titled Kwibuka 25: Remember, Unite, Renew. Kwibuka means “to remember” in the Kinyarwanda language. Watch the film below or by clicking here.
The American and Rwandan national anthems were sung and then symposium organizer Immaculee Mukantaganira took to the stage to introduce the event. “There is no better gift you can give to a survivor than to be here today…25 years have passed, but for us it is as if it was yesterday,” she said. We’re asking you today to be people for humanity, to love lives, and to stand for what is right. Silence was felt while women were being raped, while world leaders ignored, and people were killed, she continued. We’re calling on everyone in this room not to be silent in the face of injustice, to stand up for what is right, to be upstanders, not bystanders. And to the survivors, Mukantaganira concluded, “thank you for your resilience and for forgiving, for fighting for...
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