Rwanda: Youth in the U.S. Vow to Fight the Genocide Ideology

Rwandan youth in the U.S vowed to resist negative ideologies which may come from their lecturers and relatives and instead focus on contributing to the development of their nation.

They made the resolve during an event organised last week in Indianapolis, Indiana, to mark the 17th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsis.

The event attracted the Rwandan Ambassador to the US, James Kimonyo, Gregory Ballard, the Director of International and Cultural Affairs (U.S.A), as well as the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against the Genocide (CNLG), Jean de Dieu Mucyo.

In an interactive panel, under the theme, “The Future of Rwanda”, the youth assured the audience of their commitment to participate in the transformation of Rwanda.

“The youth promised to lead the way, in challenging the Genocide ideology, divisive thinking and prejudice,” a statement from the Rwanda Embassy reads.

“They see themselves as the pillar for a brighter Rwanda, free of hatred and divisionism.”

In his address, Ambassador Kimonyo commended the youth for their resilience in national building.

“The youth must resist the distortion of Rwanda’s history by selfish individuals whose intentions are to undermine the achievements registered by the current leadership,” Kimonyo said.

Answering questions about the party allegedly formed by fugitives Patrick Karegeya and Kayumba Nyamwasa, Kimonyo said that the founders were playing the ethnic card to divide Rwandans.

“These politicians should explain to Rwandans about the cases levelled against them on corruption and public fund embezzlement,” the ambassador said.

Mucyo called upon the international community to put more efforts in fighting Genocide ideologies.

“There are scholars in Europe and the United States who work with the same people who orchestrated it to deny the Genocide against the Tutsis and they must be stopped,” Mucyo said.

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