On Wednesday 25 May, 31 students of National Police College (NPC) visited Kigali Genocide Memorial to learn more about the history of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and the importance of fighting Genocide ideology. The NPC have local and international students who are currently taking courses for senior police command methodologies, as well as and peace studies and conflict transformation courses.
The purpose of the visit was to help the students understand the causes and consequences of the Genocide, and Rwanda’s post-Genocide recovery and peace building efforts. The group began their visit by laying wreaths on the mass graves which are the final resting place for over 250’000 victims of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. They then took a guided tour of the memorial’s exhibition which exhibits information and evidence of Rwandan history before, during, and post-Genocide and historical facts and information on other genocides around the world.
“I am grateful that Rwandans are so courageous. They have worked hard in order to get united to prevent Genocide from happening again. From that I can say, troubles are bad, nepotisms are bad, but unity is the best.” Brigadier General John Kutte Pacifico, NPC student from South Sudan.
National Police College is a Rwandan college located in Musanze district, Northern province. It was established in 2013 with the aims of providing police relate-courses at international level. The college has welcomed international students from various countries such as like Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Gambia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.