Genocide Memorial: Obama Sends Powerful Delegation To Rwanda

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Rwanda has for the last few months been holding a series of events across the world to commemorate the 1994 genocide in which one million people, mainly Tutsi, were butchered at the hands of the genocidal Hutu regime of Juvenal Habyarimana.

The flame of remembrance known as “Kwibuka Flame” travelled in all parts of Rwanda before returning to Kigali last weekend.

It symbolises remembrance as well as the resilience and courage of Rwandans over the past twenty years.

Carried in a simple lamp, the flame was used to light other lamps in communities around Rwanda.

To mark twenty years since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, all memorial fires throughout the country were lit from this single Kwibuka Flame.

President Paul Kagame will use the Kwibuka Flame of Remembrance to light the National Flame of Mourning. This will take place on 7 April 2014, marking the official beginning of the national mourning period to commemorate the genocide in Rwanda.

The flame will also be the source for lighting candles at a vigil at Amahoro Stadium on the same evening.

Obama’s decision to send the delegation to Rwanda comes at a time when relations between the two countries have normalised after aid cuts in 2012 that saw Rwanda fall short of hitting some of its development targets.

According to the White House statement issued Tuesday, Members of the US Presidential Delegation include Hon Donald W. Koran, the Ambassador to Rwanda, Hon Karen Bass, Member of the U.S House of Representatives (CA-37) and Hon Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

Others are Hon Stephen J. Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, Department of State, Hon Russell Feingold, Special Representative for the African Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Department of State; Hon Michael Gerson, Senior Fellow at the ONE Campaign and Columnist for the Washington Post and Mrs. Christine Hjelt, former Program Coordinator for the United States Agency for International Development.


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