On 20 April 2016, more than 60 teachers from Kapengura Boys High School in Kenya visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial to learn from what happened in Rwanda. The teachers came to understand the Genocide against the Tutsi so that they could detect the early warning signs and prevent it from happening again in their own country.
The visit started by touring the different exhibitions at the memorial which contain historical information about Rwanda before, during and after the Genocide. The visitors were curious to know whether what they heard about about Rwanda was true. After visiting, they said that there is no doubt Genocide happened.
“I was touched by the Children’s Room where they show what each child liked, how they were killed. Those who deny the Genocide should come and see clearly the history rather than reading it through books or newspapers,” said James Ekaale Ekaliyo.
Another person from the delegation said that it is now time to prevent genocide from happening again anywhere in the world. By sharing the truth about what happened, it will help to convince deniers to accept the historical reality of the Genocide.
“We have come here to confirm what we have learnt and read in the books or newspapers. After touring the memorial, we are sure that we can convince anyone that the Genocide against Tutsi happened. As a piece of advice to Rwandans, put aside what happened and concentrate more on your development,” said Barasa Fredrick, Head of the Language Department.
Below are some messages left by the Kenyan teachers in the Kigali Genocide Memorial Guestbook.
“The steps taken by the Rwandan government are commendable. May the lord grant the victims’ families his shalom. Never again should this happen anywhere else in the world.” – Fidele S.S.
“As a Kenyan, let’s join all our brothers and sisters to promote peace through capacity building. Education it is the only thing to defeat hatred and tribalism in Africa and the rest of the world.” – Samuel Lemiso Sunkuli.