Monday, April 7, 2014

Today: 20th Anniversary of the Start of the Rwandan Genocide

Today marks the start of the Rwandan Genocide, which began April 7, 1994. In honor of the event, the nation will begin a week of mourning, starting today with a ceremony at the genocide memorial in the capital of Kigali. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as well as Rwandan President Paul Kagame spoke earlier today at the ceremony. A flame has been lit and will remain lit for 100 days, the same duration as the genocide, which did not end until July 1994. According to a BBC report, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated that the UN is still ashamed over it's failure to prevent the 1994 genocide.

More information:
"Rwanda genocide: 20th anniversary bring a nation together to mourn" (The Guardian):

"Rwanda marks 20th anniversary of genocide" (RTE):

"Rwanda genocide: UN ashamed, says Ban Ki-moon" (BBC):

VIDEO: "Ban Ki-moon, 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide" (YouTube, United Nations channel):

1 comment:

  1. We absolutely need to speak for those who can NOT.....We all must take a stand.......