Identity Youth Group has visited the memorial to pay respect to victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi and learn from the history of Rwanda.
They toured memorial’s exhibits to learn about the history of Rwanda before, during and after the Genocide, as well as the consequences of genocide and its ideology. The group also visited the room dedicated to children killed in the Genocide.
They concluded their visit by observing a minute of silence to honour the victims. They also laid a wreath on the burial place where more than 250,000 victims have received dignified burial.
Sharing his impressions after the visit, one of the organizers of the event, Rene Ijambo said visiting the memorial informed them about the past and helped them to know how they can better shape their future.
“We are young people. Visiting the memorial helped us to know our history. This is very important in planning for our future and the future of our country, as you cannot know where you are going or your contribution in rebuilding the country, unless you know where you are coming from,” said Rene.
Responding to the theme of this year’s commemoration, Rene said that young people should work hard and continue building their country that was destroyed 23 years ago.
“During the Genocide, young people were trained to destroy our society. Now twenty-three years later we want to be young people who contribute to their society and participate in the rebuilding of our nation,” Rene added.