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The New Times – Rwanda
The weeklong official commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi closes today, Saturday, with an event to honour slain politicians.
At least a dozen top political leaders lost their lives during the Genocide, along with more than a million other Rwandans during the 100 days of slaughter.
Some of the politicians died not because they were Tutsi but for calling out the Genocide machinery.
Today, the nation pays tribute to these courageous politicians at a time when a new breed of politicians is emerging with the promise of upholding the values of unity, resilience and Ubumuntu – that have characterised the country over 25 years.
Like many others who confronted Habyarimana and Sindikubwabo’s genocidal regimes and other heroes like the Inyange students, the fallen political leaders are a source of inspiration for young Rwandans who need to learn from those who put their lives on the line in defence of their country and compatriots.
The young generation has the opportunity to learn from those who paid the ultimate price for standing up for the truth, justice and unity of Rwandans, and the gallant sons and daughters of this country behind the renewal and progress the country has witnessed in recent years.
They are the generation upon which the nation pins its hopes for continued consolidation of the fruits of liberation that every Rwandan has enjoyed regardless of how they were born, where they were born, or where they chose to live.
Many lost their lives in quest for a united nation, and here we are; a country that stands tall, and has refused to give up on the promise of what we can achieve together as a people. And it has turned out to be a beacon of hope.
Their sacrifices were not in vein.