Kwibuka 2018 for the Rwandan Community in New Zealand
HubWest Community Centre, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 2nd June 2018
The Rwandan Community in New Zealand held the 24th Commemoration of Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda. The event was attended by the Honorary Consul-General Lady McKinnon (Clare de Lore), along with Constable Rob Stanton Ethnic Liaison Officer for the Auckland City District, who is representing the New Zealand Police.
Those in attendance included members from the NZ Rwandan Community in Auckland, as well as Hamilton. Other guests included friends of the community, attendees from other African Communities around the Auckland region, and general members of the public.
Madame Mary Karara, President of the Rwandan Community in New Zealand started her speech by thanking everyone who attended the event and she highlighted that the commemoration keeps the memories of Rwandan’s history alive, to safeguard proof of the genocide in order to prevent it from happening again.
Mary explained how the Genocide against the Tutsi was planned by bad leadership in Rwanda which was on power before 1994, where different authorities of all levels were involved in killing more than 1 million of innocent people from the Tutsi race.
In terms of health and well-being, Madame Mary appreciated how the Government of Rwanda provides free professional counselling or any other kind of support to Genocide survivors.
The lighting of the candles included Lady McKinnon, and President of the NZ Rwandan Community (Mary Karara). This was a symbolic and important moment of remembrance during the event shared by all in attendance.
The NZ Rwandan Community in Auckland would like to thank the Rwandan Embassy in Singapore for their contribution to assist with this occasion.
Report by the Rwandan Community in New Zealand.