Rwanda High Commissioner in UK Yamina KaritanyiHundreds of Rwandans and friends of Rwanda in West midland came together to mark the 22nd commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The function which was organised by West Midlands Rwandese Community Association {WM-RCA} took place Saturday 23rd April 2016 at St Georges Community Hub, Great Hampton Row, Newtown, Birmingham in West Midland.
Speaking at the event, Rwanda’s High Commissioner in UK HE Yamina Karitanyi, urged commemorators to stand united for the common good to ensure what happened in Rwanda 22 years ago, does not happen elsewhere. “She requested Rwandans to fight genocide denial and channel their energy into constructive actions to build a better country, a proud legacy to future generations".

We have every reason to rebuke the international community for failure to take action, thereby abandoning innocent civilians to their killers. Rwanda will continue to take a clear stand in the fight against genocide ideology, anti-Semitism, hatred, bigotry and any other form of discrimination,” said Yamina Karitanyi.
Karitanyi emphasised the importance of remembrance as the only way to honour the dead and comfort the survivors, while taking the nation through a process of reflection and healing.

She highlighted the tremendous progress Rwanda has made in building a stable, prosperous and equitable country.
Rwanda High Commissioner in UK Yamina Karitanyi speaking during event.
Chairman of West Midland-Rwandese community Association Bosco Ngabonzima called on Rwandans and friends of Rwanda to join the fight against genocide ideology, which is the theme of this year’s Commemoration.Ngabonzima warned of the dangers of the clear and growing "systematic attempt" to deny the Genocide against the Tutsi and cultivate genocide ideology.
wmrca kwibuka22 02HC Yamina Karitanyi with Bosco Ngabonzima chairman of WM-RCA
During the event Religious Leaders performed prayers in the memory of the fallen victims, followed by song of Kwibuka and finally 22 community youth and children’s delivered emotional poem describing the journey from genocide to nation building and reconciliation.
Rwandans Communities and musicians performed solemn songs in honour and memory of the dead and the survivors.wmrca kwibuka22 3

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