Thirtieth anniversary of the Tutsi genocide: Morocco present at the commemoration

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Head of Government Aziz Akhannouch represented King Mohammed VI on Sunday in Kigali at the ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the genocide perpetrated in Rwanda in 1994 against the Tutsis.

On this occasion, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, in the presence of several Heads of State and Government, as well as representatives of regional and international organizations, kicked off the National Mourning Week, by submitting a wreath of flowers at the Gisozi memorial in the Rwandan capital, where the bodies of more than 250,000 victims of the genocide lie.

After observing a minute of silence in memory of the victims, Mr. Kagame announced a 100-day national mourning, lighting the “Flame of Hope” which will burn for 100 days, the time the genocide lasted. of 1994 (April 7-July 15).

In a speech for the occasion, the Rwandan president indicated that the commemoration of this painful anniversary constitutes not only an opportunity to honor the memory of the victims, but also to highlight, with pride, the achievements of Rwanda thanks to the choices made in the service of reconciliation and progress of the nation.

“Rwandan people, who managed to overcome fear, cannot face anything worse than what they have already experienced during this tragedy,” Mr. Kagame underlined, affirming that this nation is ready to face any challenge and to face any attempt aimed at regressing the country and sowing division among Rwandans.

He also expressed his gratitude to the members of the delegations who came to express their solidarity with Rwanda on the occasion of the commemoration of the anniversary of this painful event.

In 1994, Rwanda experienced ethnic genocide, when Hutu extremists and “Interahamwe” militias unleashed a horrific massacre that left more than 800,000 people dead, most of them Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

These massacres ended in July 1994, when the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a rebel movement led by President Paul Kagame, took control of the country.

Rwanda is considered today as a successful African model in terms of stability, development, governance and growth thanks to the policies adopted over three decades.

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