The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Bujumbura co-organized with the Rwanda Embassy in Burundi a ceremony to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide, on 7th April 2013, in Bujumbura.
The commemoration included speeches made by the Ambassador of Rwanda to Burundi, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Burundi, Parfait Onanga Anyanga, and the Minister of Sports and Culture on behalf of the government.
A Prayer from a Pastor followed by a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the genocide, as well as a candle lighting which symbolized the hope of a better future for the Rwanda people were part of the ceremony. Songs of hope and reconciliation were interpreted by the young Rwandese cultural group, “Inganji”.
Over 300 people attended the ceremony, among them, representatives of the Diplomatic corps, members of the Government, representatives of the Political Parties, the Rwandan Community of Burundi, national and international NGOs, members of the parliament, as well as the general public.
UNIC Bujumbura mounted a photo exhibition entitled, “The lessons learned from the Rwanda Genocide” and banderoles with the UN logo from the Communication Programme on the Rwanda Genocide were on display with year’s theme.
The commemoration was expected to last up to 13 April 2013. UNIC also planned to screen the documentary “Duhozanye: A community of resilience, hope and dignity" during the week, in addition to conferences and discussions which are scheduled to take place from 8 to 13 April 2013.