Kwibuka means ‘remember’ in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s language. It describes the annual commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
More than one million Rwandans died in the hundred days of the genocide which began on 7 April 1994.
It was one of human history’s darkest times. Twenty years later Rwanda is asking the world to unite to remember the lives that were lost.
They are asking us to come together to support the survivors of the genocide, and to ensure that such an atrocity can never happen again – in Rwanda or elsewhere.
The Kwibuka Flame is currently being carried through Rwanda for three months leading to the anniversary of the massacre on 7th April. It symbolises remembrance as well as the resilience and courage of Rwandans over the past 20 years.
Kwibuka20 is a series of events taking place in Rwanda and around the world. These events lead up to the national commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda, which begins on 7 April 2014. For an event near you click on the interactive map here
The genocide Kwibuka20 is also a time to learn about Rwanda’s story of reconciliation and nation building. Please see their website hereand spread the word.
There is a short film which introduces the themes of Kwibuka20, ‘Remember, Unite, Renew’, with a focus on the human impact of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. It highlights some of the ways in which Rwandans are working to address our past and build a brighter future. Take five minutes out now to see the film here.