Posted by: africanpressorganization | 9 April 2010

AUC Chair reaffirms solidarity with Rwandese and urges reconciliation 16 years after genocide





AUC Chair reaffirms solidarity with Rwandese and urges reconciliation 16 years after genocide


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 9, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Organized by the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Ethiopia, the 16th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide took place today, 07 April 2010, in the African Union headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme “Let us commemorate the Genocide against the Tutsis by continuing to combine efforts in managing trauma”.


On the agenda were the speeches of the specials guests, commemorative songs, and prayers by the representatives of different religions communities.


In his welcoming note Dr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, recalled the importance of the 7th of April, a special day to remember the past atrocities. “Those who will forget their past are condemned to live it again” he said, quoting Winston Churchill. Dr. Ping pointed out he was talking with the voice of all African citizens when renewing their solidarity with the Rwandan people. He also encouraged the Rwandan people to embrace reconciliation.


Further more, Mr. Ping underlined that in remembering the Rwandan genocide, the AU is faithful to the objectives and principles of the constitutive act, notably the promotion and protection of the human and people rights as well as the respect of human life.  


Speaking later, Prof Joseph Nsengimana, Ambassador of the republic of Rwanda in Ethiopia, recalled the initiatives set up by the Rwandan State in order to “perpetuate the memory of innocent victims of this human barbarity”. As examples, he highlighted the existence of community courts named “Gacaca”, the initiative of the National Commission of Unity and Reconciliation aimed to improve social relationships between citizens, and the creation of an Assistance Fund for the survivors of the genocide. In addition to all those implementations, Prof. Nsengimana recalled that many survivors were traumatised. He ended by recalling the will of the Rwandan people to take a step forward to continue to celebrate life.


Songs, prayers by representatives of the Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, and Protestant communities took place, as well as the symbolic minute of silence that closed the ceremony.



African Union Commission (AUC)


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