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“Genocide memorials preserve our history” PM Murekezi

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Nyamagabe, 12th April 2017

Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi said that visiting Genocide Memorial sites demonstrate that genocide happened and whoever visits these sites gets real information on what happened and this allow them not to be misled.

He made the remarks yesterday while addressing thousands of mourners at the Murambi Memorial Site in Nyamagabe District during a commemorative event held in memory of the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Murambi village, Remera cell in Gasaka sector.

“Visiting Genocide Memorial Sites would help Rwandans, particularly the young generation, to know what happened and learn critical lessons that would instigate them to fight genocide ideology”. Prime minister Murekezi said.

Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi comforted Genocide survivors and called on Rwandans across the country to join in the fight against genocide ideology.

Prime minister pointed out that the Government of Rwanda will continue to support vulnerable Genocide survivors by availing housing and medical treatment as well as for other Rwandans in general.

He further urged Rwandan to work together, hard and reject any form of segregation, as the Government wants Rwandans to live together, to respect the law.

Anastase Murekezi and other mourners made a guided tour at the Murambi massive memorial site where more than 50,000 victims of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi are laid to rest.

When the Genocide began, Tutsi in the former Gikongoro Prefecture were told by the genocidal authorities to flee and take refuge at ETO Murambi, then a technical school under construction.

Leaders falsely told Tutsi that they were unable to protect them if they remained dispersed.  In reality, ETO Murambi was chosen so that the killers could gather the victims and kill them systematically. Over a period of two weeks, Tutsis were sent or taken to Murambi until an estimated 50,000 was gathered at the school.

The site filled up because even Tutsis who had survived attacks in neighbouring communes fled to Gikongoro; they assumed it would be safer.