By Eamonn Lavery
To mark the 19th anniversary of the beginning of the Rwandan Genocide (which was on the 6th of April), Liverpool’s Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar, and Rwanda’s High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr Williams Nkurunziza, laid wreaths at a new memorial stone in St John’s Gardens for those who lost their lives.
Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar, said: “It’s extremely important that we remember the victims of such atrocities and take the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others to ensure such crimes do not take place in the future.
“This service is our way of honouring all those who suffered and keeping their memory alive.”
His Excellency Mr Williams Nkurunziza, said: “Remembering honours and dignifies the memory of the innocent lives lost in the pogrom. We welcome the support of our friends in commemorating this very significant event in history.”
During the ceremony, a candle was lit by survivor of the genocide, Philomene Uwamaliya, accompanied by the Deputy Lord Mayor and the Young Lord Mayor, Amelia Connor. This was followed by a minutes silence in remembrance of all those who suffered during the genocide which saw well over 500,000 innocent people killed over the course of approximately 100 days.