Remember, Unite, Renew: Rwanda Marks 20 Years Rebuilding from Genocide

Remember, Unite, Renew: Rwanda Marks 20 Years Rebuilding from Genocide

 {Photo credit: <a href="">Kwibuka 20</a>}The #Kwibuka20 Flame of Remembrance burning bright at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Rwanda.Photo credit: Kwibuka 20

Twenty years ago, the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi began in Rwanda. Nearly a million people were slaughtered from April through July, 1994.

In 2003, the UN General Assembly designated April 7 as International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. This year, to mark the 20th anniversary, the Republic of Rwanda launched Kwibuka20 (“Remember20”), a series of events commemorating the tragedy and honoring the nearly one million Rwandans who lost their lives.

The theme of Kwibuka20, “Remember, Unite, Renew”, also celebrates the remarkable story of resilience and hope of the Rwandan people, who are building a new, prosperous, and cohesive society. Kwibuka20 calls on the global community to stand together against genocide in three key ways:

  • Remember: Honoring the memory of those who died and offering support to those who survived.
  • Unite: Rwanda shows that reconciliation through shared human values is possible, and asks the world to do the same.
  • Renew: As a people forced to rebuild, Rwandans are honored to share our experiences and learn from others, creating a better world together.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) joined with the people of Rwanda in marking twenty years since the beginning of the genocide that took the lives of so many innocents and which shook the conscience of the world.

On April 7, 2014, representatives from MSH Rwanda—as well as MSH leaders from 13 countries gathered in Arlington, VA—paused to remember and honor the memory of the millions of men, women, and children who were senselessly slaughtered simply because of who they were, or what they believed. During the week of April 8-11, MSH Rwanda remained open and functioning, and some staff members attended Kwibuka20 events organized in different parts of the country.

Kwibuka20 reaffirms our shared humanity and encourages the world to recommit to ensuring that genocide never happens again—anywhere. May we continue to remember, unite, and renew.