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Posted on Apr 07 2017

Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) has suspended all football related activities to join the country in the commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, dubbed Kwibuka23.

The week-long 23rd commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi begins today, April 7, 2017 until April 13, 2017.

All FERWAFA Competitions have been suspended as the local football fraternity joins the rest of the country in commemorating innocent lives that perished during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) President Mr. Nzamwita Vincent said, “On this day we remember our loved ones who lost their lives during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Let’s mourn them, strive for self-reliance, fight against any genocide ideology such that it never occurs in our country again, the region and in the whole world. We ask God for patience during this period and strength to rebuild the Rwanda we want,” Nzamwita said.

The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) will hold a tournament in June this year to commemorate fallen football fraternity players, officials and administrators.

Themed “Remember the Genocide against the Tutsi – Fight Genocide Ideology – Build on Our Progress”, this year’s commemoration will be an occasion for Rwandans from all walks of life to pay tribute to the more than one million innocent lives lost and visit the memorials where victims are buried.

On Friday, April 7, 2017, events will be held at national level and in villages to begin the National Commemoration Week. Throughout the week, Rwandans throughout the country will reiterate their commitment to fight genocide ideology and reflect on the country’s journey of unity and reconciliation in the last 23 years.

The Commemoration Week will end on April 13, 2017 with an event to honor politicians killed for opposing the genocidal government.

The Genocide against the Tutsi began on April 7, 1994 and lasted 100 days. A research study commissioned by the Ministry of Local Government in 2000 concluded that an approximate total of 1,074,017 were killed in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

MOURNING WEEK ACTIVITIES:
April 7: Lighting the Flame of Remembrance,Walk to Remember and Night Vigil
April 8: Visit and Commemoration at Nyarubuye Memorial Center
April 9: Visit and Commemoration at Ntarama Memorial Center Café Litéraire at Rwanda Revenue Authority
April 10: Visit and Commemoration at Bisesero Memorial Center,
April 11: Kwibuka Nyanza- Kicukiro
April 12: Visit and Commemoration at Murambi Memorial Center
April 13: Official Closing of Commemoration Week at Rebero
Source: Ferwafa.rw


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