A group of more than 20 members of the Makerere University Rwanda Alumni Association visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial on Saturday, 30 April 2016. The commemoration activity was organised by the group leaders with the purpose of paying respect to victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi, and learning more about the Genocide and how to fight its ideology.
The Makerere University Rwanda Alumni Association is an made up of former students and was started in 2007 as a way to re-unite Rwandan graduates of the university. The coordinating committee is based in Kigali. Makerere University in Kampala is Uganda’s largest and third-oldest institution of higher learning.
Many of the Alumni were living in outside of the country during the Genocide. This, the members said, meant they wanted to learn more about country’s history during their visit to the memorial.
Their visited started with a briefing about the history of the memorial. After an introduction and welcome from one of the guides, they continued their visit by touring the historical exhibits, which enabled them to learn more about the Genocide in Rwanda and other genocides throughout history.
The alumni association members expressed their feelings after their tour, with the Chairman, Fred Rwibasire, saying that they learnt so much, and that they want to use those lessons in future.
“We came here to remember the victims of the Genocide. Keeping on remembering them will help us to never forget what happened. After this visit, we commit to rebuilding Rwanda and fighting genocide ideology.”