Around 30 P.E.A.C.E. Plan Rwanda members have visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial to remember the more than one million victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi and condemn the role of religion in fostering hatred and violence before and during the Genocide.
P.E.A.C.E. Plan Rwanda is an organisation that includes different associations like CPR, TOBAKSR as well as the Anglican Alliance Province. The group aims to build peace in the country. While visiting the memorial, the members laid wreaths on the burial place where more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide are laid to rest. They also toured the historical exhibits to learn more about the causes and reality of the Genocide and the role of religion in promoting genocide ideology.
Bishop Alex Birindabagabo, President of P.E.A.C.E. Plan Rwanda, said that the main intention of visiting the memorial is to strengthen their mission of building peace in the country.
“We have come here as part of our efforts to build peace in Rwandan society. A couple weeks ago, I came here with more than 50 pastors to pay respect to Genocide victims. Tomorrow I might come back in the same context because peace building is a process that must always progress. We know that religion acted wrongly before and during 1994 so we must change that bad reputation.”
He also condemned church leaders who had gone against God’s will and instead killed Tutsi in the Genocide.