Rwandans in Australia commemorate Kwibuka 24
In Brisbane, Australia, the Rwandan High Commission, together with the Rwandan Community in Australia held a commemoration event which coincided with 2018 commonwealth games currently underway in Gold Coast, Australia.
A minute of silence was observed in memory of the victims of the Genocide before a volleyball game between Rwanda and New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth games.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Culture, John Ntigengwa thanked Rwandans and friends of Rwanda present for their solidarity and dedication to keep the memories of victims alive and ensuring the story of the Genocide against the Tutsi reaches out to the world. He called on all present to do their part so that Genocide is not repeated anywhere in the world.
Present were Australian government officials including Sen. Andrew Bartlett, and Logan MP, Linus Power.
The event included a walk to remember and “a moving testimony” by Miles Wootten, a former member of the Australian Military contingent of the UN Assistance Mission in Rwanda, who broke down as he recalled how the UN withdrew its forces from Rwanda at a time when they were needed most.
He however shared the high optimism that he returned with from his return visit to Rwanda last year, especially the unity achieved and the rapid development he witnessed.
Amb. Guillaume Kavaruganda, thanked the Australian officials for their solidarity and shared that the determination of survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi to overcome the loss and pain to pursue a unified and better future for next generation is an inspiration to many in Rwanda and beyond.