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PHOTOS: UK Minister Pays Tribute to Rwanda Genocide Victims

Mr Wharton being led on a tour of the genocide memorial site

James Wharton, medications http://danielborda.net/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/protect.php UK Minister for the Department for International Development (DFID), medical http://decarbon.uk.com/wp-includes/class-wp.php has Tuesday visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial and paid respect to the more than one million victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

His visit at the memorial began by watching an introductory film that tells the story of the memorial as a place for remembrance and learning through the eyes of survivors.

Mr Wharton then laid a wreath on the burial place where more than 250, pharmacy 000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi are laid to rest.

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The Minister was given a tour of the memorial exhibits to learn about the history of the Genocide, including its causes, execution and consequences as well as how Rwandans are building unity and reconciliation.

Speaking after his visit, Minister Wharton said the world must never forget the terrible and tragic events that took place in Rwanda in 1994.

“This memorial brings vividly to life the impact on so many individuals, on the communities. We must never forget the past but must work together to ensure it is never repeated,” said Mr Wharton.

The UK official paid respect to the more than one million victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi

The UK official paid respect to the more than one million victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi

He also said the Government of the United Kingdom supports peace education in Rwanda because it is a way to ensure the tragedy is not repeated.

“We need to ensure lessons are learnt and passed on to future generations so that these terrible events cannot be allowed to take hold in any population in any country in the world. We will always remember the true cost of hatred and prejudice and we will always recognise how much better a future we can all have by working together and learning those lessons.”

Commenting on what the world can learn from Rwanda’s reconciliation and reconstruction efforts since the Genocide against the Tutsi, he said Reconciliation is never an easy thing.

Mr Wharton laying a wreath on the burial place at the site

Mr Wharton laying a wreath on the burial place at the site

He pointed out that reconciliation requires forgiveness, understanding and justice to be done, adding what is being seen in Rwanda is the significant progress that has been made – a country which is developing and reaching its economic potential and social potential because it is dealing with its past in a sensible, considered and appropriately respectful way.

“There are lessons that can be learnt and taken from that for all other nations that have suffered tensions and killings – often not on a scale that Rwanda has had to face but nonetheless in ways which allows lessons to be drawn that hopefully can avoid this in the future,” he emphasised.

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