Ecobank Rwanda workers, on April 25, visited Kamonyi Genocide Memorial web site positioned in an space generally often known as ‘Kibuza’ to pay tribute to victims of the 1994 Genocide in opposition to the Tutsi and donated Rwf5 million to assist in the preservation of the location.
On the memorial, the financial institution’s workers members visited totally different sections of the location to be taught and perceive the historical past of the Genocide, particularly on this space.
Over 47,000 stays are buried at Kamonyi Genocide Memorial web site that’s positioned alongside the Kigali-Huye freeway.
The stays have been exhumed from totally different areas in former Commune Taba, in present-day Kamonyi District that was led by the previous mayor (Bourgmestre) Jean-Paul Akayesu.
Akayesu was the primary individual to be tried and convicted by the Worldwide Prison Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in October 1998 after being discovered responsible of genocide, extermination, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, homicide, torture, rape different inhumane acts.
His conviction set a world precedent as a result of, for the primary time in a world courtroom, rape and sexual violence have been outlined as crimes in opposition to humanity and as instruments of torture and genocide.
On the occasion, the Managing Director of Ecobank Rwanda, Alice Kilonzo-Zulu, and workers of the financial institution laid wreaths on mass graves and noticed a minute of silence in honour of the victims.
Kilonzo-Zulu famous that honouring Genocide victims was vital for the Ecobank workers to be taught and perceive the historical past of genocide and make sure that it by no means occurs once more all around the world.
She urged the financial institution’s workers and Rwandans usually to affix efforts in combating genocide ideology and genocide denial.
She famous that the assist given to the administration of the memorial web site, regardless of being small, is an indication of dedication to make sure genocide info are preserved.
Zacharie Benedata, the vp of Ibuka- the umbrella organisation of Genocide survivors associations in Kamonyi district recommended Ecobank’s gesture saying it can go a good distance in preserving the reminiscence of their family members.
“There are over 47,478 genocide victims buried on the memorial web site. They have been exhumed from about eight sectors out of 12 sectors that make Kamonyi district,” he mentioned.
The assist will enhance actions on the memorial web site in several methods, he mentioned.
“We now have a plan to arrange extra cabinets and now have a mission to listing names of genocide victims we managed to determine. All assist is required to make sure such preservation,” he mentioned.
He mentioned that on Could 15, extra genocide stays will likely be accorded respectable burial on the web site.
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