Remera Campus staff and students ended the commemoration week of the genocide committed against the Tutsi with a visit to Murambi and Kibagabaga genocide memorials, in Gasabo and Nyamagabe Districts respectively.
The commemoration is a period of reflection on the dark history of Rwanda with an objective of remembering and renewing strength and resolve for a better livelihood and vow that Genocide never happens again not only in Rwanda but in the world at large.
Speaking on the occasion, Assoc. Professor Alice Umubyeyi, the Head of Remera Campus called upon participants to be resilient and preserve all that has been achieved by the country and ensure that what happened never happens again.
“The commemoration of Genocide against the Tutsi gives us hope and strength, the power and capacity to rebuild ourselves as we remember our own who lost their lives for who their” she said.
The week was commemorated by a number of Public lectures given by different speakers that included Prof.Francois Masabo who heads the Centre for Conflict Management at the University of Rwanda among other speakers delegated by CNLG, the Public lectures where organised by the campus throughout the week and on the fourth day a night vigil was preceded by a walk to remember; a sign of solidarity to take a stand against Genocide and to educate students about it and its consequences,University officials and students laid wreaths on the genocide memorial at Kibagabaga and thereafter at the vigil a candle light to symbolize hope. The night was also attended by representatives of GAERG, AERG, IBUKA and Local Government officials from Gasabo District and a representative from Rwanda Defence Forces Col. Safari.
On the sideline of the night vigil and walk to remember, Miss Odette a staff at the Campus gave a moving testimony that explained her miraculous survival and her resilience to recover and move on as she thanked the former RPA troops for coming to their rescue in Ruhango District and the government for supporting her education and giving her hope to live.
Walk to remember from Remera Campus to Kibagabaga genocide memorial
UR- DVC Academic Affairs Prof.Nelson Ijumba together with Assoc.Prof.Aline Umubyeyi the Head of Remera Campus together with Prof.George Njoroge and Prof.Gahutu during the commemoration
Laying a wreath in honour of the victims at Murambi
Students and Staff visited Murambi genocide memorial in Nyamagabe District,Southern Province
The Head of Remera Campus led the students and staff communitity in commemorating the victims of the genocide committed against the tutsi
Staff and Students at Kibagabaga Memorial