Rwandese community in Mombasa hold Genocide commemoration

Rwandese community in Mombasa hold Genocide commemoration

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The Rwandese in Mombasa attending the genocide commemoration that took place on 17th April 1994. PHOTO: DIANA WANYONYI.

Mombasa, KENYA: Rwandese communities in Mombasa on Sunday  held the 22nd commemoration of 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

During the ceremony that was held at Mission to Seamen in Mombasa, tears and somber moods engulfed the air when the poem on genocide was recited and also when the survivors narrated eye witness encounter.

Rwandan High Commissioner to Kenya Ambassador James Kimonyo said the commemoration is an opportunity to reflect on the history and how to come together to build one country to the entire humanity.

“Our society was deeply divided for many years and that culminated into 1994 genocide, so let’s forge one nation that belongs to all people rather than talking about things that divide us and which are very dangerous when we look at what happened in Rwanda.” He said.

He however blamed international community for being reluctant to step in Rwanda to keep peace.

“During the peace negotiations we had more than 250 troops stationed in Rwanda, as when the actual blow out was coming closer, the general in charge of the troops sensed something bad is going to happen.He notified the international community on the matter and asked for reinforcement to get more troops on the ground, unfortunately, they were instead withdrawn back.” He blames.