On 7 January 2014, Rwanda officially launched Kwibuka20, a series of events leading up to the twentieth commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi. The national commemoration will begin on 7 April 2014.
In this interview at the launch of Kwibuka20, Sara Brown, the Stern Family Fellow and the first comparative genocide doctoral candidate at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University answers the following questions:
What were your impressions of the event?
Why is it important to remember?
What do you see for Rwanda’s future?
Kwibuka20 is a chance for everyone, wherever they are and whatever their age, to come together to learn about and commemorate the Genocide against the Tutsi.
Kwibuka20 calls on the global community to stand together against genocide in three key ways:
– To remember: Honouring the memory of those who died and offering support to those who survived.
– To unite: Rwanda shows that reconciliation through shared human values is possible, and asks the world to do the same.
– To renew: As we build Rwanda anew, we are honoured to share our experiences and learn from others, creating a better world together.