Rwanda: Denmark Honours Victims of 1994 Genocide

Thomas Ntagozera–10 April 2011

Copenhagen — The President of the Rwandan Diaspora in Denmark, Ibrahim Hakizimfura, has said that while progress is being made in rebuilding the lives of Genocide survivors, many continue to live in dire conditions in need of support.

Hakizimfura made the remarks, Friday, while addressing Rwandans, Burundians, Danes and other nationals who turned up in the Danish capital to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

“This period of the year is especially difficult for survivors. They need as much support and comfort as possible,” said Hakizimfura.

“Some people still find it difficult to understand how killers conceived such hatred. We continue to tell them that it was a logical outcome of the prolonged doctrine of hate spread by the government,” added Hakizimfura.

The memorial ceremony also included children’s theatre, prayers, poems, testimonies, a candle lighting session and songs for the occasion.

The feature film, “Shooting Dogs” was also aired.

A similar event was held in the northern Denmark city of Viborg on Saturday.


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