‘Kwibuka’ means to remember in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s language. The ALU Rwandan community on the 8th of April, 2016 organized an event to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi tribe of Rwanda.
The event was hosted by the lovely Sandrine Ishimwe who introduced the theme for this year’s commemoration: Fighting Genocide Ideologies. The event brought together the entire ALU community, as well as Rwandan communities from other universities in Mauritius. The Rwandan consulate to Mauritius and Mr. Fred Swaniker were also in attendance. The event kicked off with a recounting of the events which took place leading up to and during the 100 days of torture for Rwanda in 1994. Ataba Anyangwe retold the story with a skit portraying this dark period for Rwanda, Africa and the world at large. I could not help but shed a few tears as I reflected on what my fellow African brothers and sisters went through. There was also music from Patrick and the music club and spoken word by Marie and Annick, as they said never again to Genocide in our generation.
Ms. Ineza Muti encouraged the ALU community to “embrace each other’s differences and have the courage to speak up because hatred is easily planted.” There was also a speech by Mr. Swaniker who admonished as that “as leaders, we have the power to divide or build up each other. When you go out there use your influence to build people up.” Fatuma and Phillip held a Q & A session as well to answer some questions that still lingered in people’s minds about Rwanda and the Genocide.
The event was finally crowned with lighting the flame of hope and a moment of silence for the thousands of innocent lives that were lost in the 100 days. The entire ALU community joins hands with Rwandans everywhere as we say never again to genocidal horrors in any part of our world.
By Selasi Torkornoo