Posted: April 7, 2023
Written by: Genocide Survivors Foundation
April 7th marks the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It begins the mourning period for the over million innocent men, women, and children who were mercilessly murdered in just 100 days.
For our founder, Jacqueline Murekatete, and other survivors whose families and friends were among those killed in that Genocide, this period always carries a lot of heaviness and sadness as we remember parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents and other extended family members and friends whose lives were brutally cut short simply because of their Tutsi ethnicity. As such, we ask that you keep the survivor community in your thoughts and prayers during this particularly difficult period.
As we begin the 100-day mourning period, virtual and in-person remembrance and educational programs are being planned in several parts of the U.S and around the world in observance of the 29th anniversary of the Genocide.
Below we list just some of the programs taking place this coming week and beyond here in the United States. We encourage you to attend if you are able and share with those in your network.
Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel once said, “if we forget, the dead will be killed a second time, and then they are today’s victims.” These words ring true even more in today’s world where hate and all forms of extremism are on the rise and where several religious and ethnic minorities are living under the threat of extermination.
Remembering, learning, and applying the lessons from previous Genocides therefore is an even more urgent imperative and we invite you to join us in our fight against the ideology of Genocide and in supporting survivors.
Date: April 14, 2023, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (EST)
Place: In-person at the United Nations Headquarters or live on UN WebTV.
Organizer: UN Department of Global Communications and the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the UN
Registration will close at midnight on April 10th, 2023
Date: April 12, 2023, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (EST)
Organizer: American Society of International Law
Date: April 12, 2023, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (EST)
Place: Virtual/Online – OR– in-person at Mason Library, Room 240, 229 Main St, Keene, NH 03431
Organizer: Keene State College
Date: April 15, 2023, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm (EST)
Place: Cecil B Day Hall – Mercer University Atlanta, 3001 Mercer University Dr, Atlanta, GA 30341
Organizer: Atlanta Rwandan Community
Date: April 15, 2023, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST)
Place: St. Matthew Evangelist Church-St. Andrew Church, 45 Talbot Ave, North Ballerica, MA 01862
Organizer: Rwandan Community of Massachusetts
Date: April 16th, 2023, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm (CST)
Place: Drake University, Olmsted Center, Parents Hall South, 2875 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
Organizer: Rwandan Community of Iowa in collaboration with Drake University
Date: April 29, 2023, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (CST)
Place: The Hills Church, 6300 NE 820, North Richland, TX 76180
Organizer: Genocide Survivors Association in DFW
Dress code: All black – business formal
Date: May 13, 2023, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm (PST)
Place: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 955 NW 173rd Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97006
Organizer: Rwandan Community of Oregon and IBUKA