UTB pays tribute to Genocide victims

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 “As youth who understand the history of genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, you must build the new history fitting for the future generation, and to the Rwanda we want”. Kabera Callixte

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The whole community of University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies gathered together on 18th May 2017 for 23rd Commemoration of Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. The commemoration kicked off with a Walk to Remember by the students, lectures, administration staff, alumni and other invitees from UTB main campus Sonatube to the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center (IPRC) Kicukiro former ETO.

 

 

Arrived at ETO, one genocide survival Mr. Claver shared his testimony of what happened at that place. On 11th April 1994, UN soldiers left the Tutsi behind without protecting them while it was their mandate, they preferred to take their guns and dogs and interahamwe entered in mass to kill Tutsi gathered at ETO.

 

After the testimony the walk continued heading to Nyanza Memorial site for paying homage to the Tutsi killed in Genocide and laid wreaths.

 

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Vice Chancellor of UTB Kabera Callixte recommended students to take a lesson from the genocide and to build peace among young generation and strive together for ‘never again’. The walk and partnership of Rwandans to remember the bad history of genocide shows that ‘never again’ is now possible.

Kabera said that; “Remembering this horrific history is testifying the cross-way journey through which Tutsi passed, but also this gives a hope of life. From our history we, commit to build the country that gives a hope of life, safety and security. It is for sure that many achievements today re-affirm this confidence.”

 

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UTB Founder and President Zulphat Mukarubega, urged students who escaped from the genocide to concentrate on lessons with the objective to seek for their future development and to serve the country as well.

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Basilice Mukamana, CNLG coordinator in Kicukiro and Bugesera districts said that the major message to the youth is to stand-up for fighting against genocide ideology and to be alert to report whoever deny the genocide.

“Youth must avoid the lies of some parents who can mislead them with negative information about what happened in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi,” she said.

 

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