On this Friday 4th May 2018 INES-RUHENGERI joined the whole nation to inaugurate the 24th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
The day started by a holy Mass in the morning celebrated by Fr. Dr. Fabien HAGENIMANA and Fr. NEMEYAMAHORO Pie. During the holy Mass Fr. Fabien insisted on charity, unity and love.
The second part of the day started at 4:00 pm, a quiet walk to remember which involved the entire INES Staff, students and different guests to Muhoza Memorial Site, laid flowers on the Muhoza memorial site and pray for the victims which are in Muhoza memorial site.
This inauguration gathered INES students and staff, friends, local government authorities, army and police representatives. All speeches delivered at this ceremony turned around grounds of commemorating the Genocide against Tutsi, comforting the survivors and encouraging them to fetch energy from commemoration and fight against genocide ideology to meet the theme of this year’s commemoration which is “Remember-Unite-Renew”.
A flame of hope in INES ground and candles were enlightened.
Mourners had time to remember their lost relatives and friends during the Tutsi Genocide in 1994. Be strong and Remember-Unite-Renew “Genocide never again”.
When addressing to the audience coordinator of AERG-Indame (the Students’ Association for survivors of the Genocide against Tutsi) at INES level, Mr. MUNYINYA Theoneste, the commemoration period is a very important opportunity for the survivors of the Genocide against Tutsi to rethink about what happened to them during the tragic period of Genocide. He added that this period enables survivors of the Genocide against Tutsi to learn from history and plan for their future and for of the nation.
Rector of INES-Ruhengeri Fr. Dr. Fabien HAGENIMANA thanked the invitees and told to the INES community especially to the members of AERG-Indame, survivors of the Genocide against Tutsi to work hard in their studies, to be strong and build their future.
When addressing to the audience Mr. Jean Damascene HABYARIMANA, Mayor of Musanze district insisted on how INES-Ruhengeri’s students can build the nation through the academic activities. He also thanked INES-Ruhengeri for its efforts and how it takes part in activities of commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsi even if INES-Ruhengeri was created after the Genocide against Tutsi. “As intellectuals this is a contribution to rehabilitate our country devastated during the period of Genocide against Tutsi” he said. He urged INES-Ruhengeri community to dissociate from any form of hatred and Genocide ideology focusing on projects aiming at developing the country.