Kwibuka means ‘remember’ in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s language. It describes the annual commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
More than one million Rwandans died in the hundred days of the genocide. It was one of human history’s darkest times. Kwibuka asks that we remember the terrible events of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. By remembering, we honour the memory of those who died, and offer comfort to those who survived.
Kwibuka is a series of events taking place in Rwanda and around the world for a week. These events lead up to the national commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda, which begins on 7 April every year. The genocide began on 7 April 1994.
This is a period of deep mourning for survivors and their families. After more than twenty years, many still suffer trauma. We call on everyone, the world over, to be with them at this time – to listen carefully, to support them, and to understand.
Kwibuka is also a time to learn about the history and meaning of the genocide in Rwanda. Memory is informed by knowledge. Knowledge is informed by truth. And truth is key to understanding the events of 1994. Understanding will help ensure that an atrocity on the scale of the 1994 genocide never happens again – in Rwanda or elsewhere.
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