On this Friday 12th April 2019 INES-Ruhengeri joined the whole nation to inaugurate the 25th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
The day started by a holy Mass in the morning celebrated by Vice Chancellor, Fr. Dr. Fabien HAGENIMANA, Fr. NEMEYAMAHORO Pie, Fr. NIKWIGIZE Florent and Fr. NIYUNGEKO Floribert. During the holy Mass Fr. Fabien insisted on charity, unity and love.
The second part of the day started at 3:15 pm, a quiet walk to remember which involved the entire INES community, Staff, students and different guests to Muhoza Memorial Site, laid flowers on the Muhoza memorial site. A minute of silence was observed and a prayer was recited to pray for the victims.
This inauguration gathered INES students and staff, friends, local government authorities, army and police representatives. All speeches delivered in 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 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. Jean de Dieu NSABIMANA, said that 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 especially youths.
Vice Chancellor 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 you set a target you try to reach it” he encouraged students.
He also said that in order to ensure a peaceful country, youth should be well taught, for they are the hope of Rwanda. He added and highlighted that divisionism and hatred was disseminated amongst youth through education. Civic education in past was a channel to spread divisionism in school. “In order to build the bright future of Rwanda, youth should be taught patriotism and Rwandan values in schools”.
When addressing to the audience Mr. JABO Paul, Executive secretary of Northern Province indicated that commemorating the Genocide against Tutsi is a shared concern to all Rwandans since every Rwandan was affected by the Genocide against Tutsi directly or indirectly. He recommended students to have a vision, good vision and to work together to develop our country. “Let’s keep in mind that Rwanda belongs to us and we belong to it. There is no any reason to break this relationship”. He concluded
When addressing to the audience Chancellor and Legal Representative of INES-Ruhengeri, Bishop Vincent HAROLIMANA insisted on how INES-Ruhengeri’s students can build the nation through the academic activities. He also thanked INES management for its efforts and how it takes part in activities of commemoration of 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.
‘During the commemoration, we give honour to our loved ones lost, we learn mistakes committed and set strategies to prevent any other act of the nature of Genocide,’ elucidated Bishop.