Photo by Dr. Rémi Tchokothe, Kigali, April 2022.
In 2003, United Nations General Assembly established April 7th as the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. On this day, we remember the beginning of the genocide in which the Tutsi minority was perpetrated by the Hutu extremist-led government. During the period of 100 days, when systematical murdering was done, around one million Tutsi and moderate Hutu lost their lives.
For Rwanda, this is one of the two public holidays which reflects on the horrifying events of 1994. April 7th marks the beginning of national mourning period and it is when the Kwibuka (Eng. Remembrance), the national commemoration, is held. The national mourning period finishes with the Liberation Day on July 4th.
Click here to read UN’s resolution A/RES/58/234 which refers to today’s date.