By NWANKWO, Grace Chinasa
The civil war in Rwanda erupted 28 years ago. A conflict that caused the death of more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in just 100 days.
This year, the African Union chose the theme ‘Remember-Unite-Renew’ and reaffirmed its commitment to prevent and fight genocide on the Continent.
On 7th April, 2022, the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, lit the remembrance flame at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where more than 250,000 victims rest. National mourning will last until April 13 while commemoration activities will go on until July 3. They will be lasting 100 days, the length of the conflict back in 1994.
The Rwandan genocide first sparked off in 1994 when the Rwandan president President was on a plane by unknown missile. His Excellency Juvenal Habyariman died and the government army and the presidential guard started to kill the Hutis and the Tutsis in the surrounding communities after an hour of the president’s death.
The main reason for the killing of the president was that, the president was a Hutu and there was segregation in the government when Rwanda gained independence the Hutu people didn’t want any Tutsi to work in the government this led to the assassination of the president and led to the killing of the Tutsi people by the Hutu seeking revenge, they were identified using their national identity cards that showed their tribe.