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East African Community Considers Annual Genocide Remembrance Day

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louis Buyisiwe

Apr 11, 2024

The proposal for this commemoration day was disclosed by EAC Deputy Secretary

EAC Deputy Secretary General Andrea Aguer Ariik Malueth

In a significant move towards regional solidarity and historical remembrance, the East African Community (EAC) has announced plans to establish April 7 as an annual day of commemoration for the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The initiative aims to honor the memory of the victims and reinforce the commitment to preventing such atrocities in the future.

The proposal for this commemoration day was disclosed by EAC Deputy Secretary General Andrea Aguer Ariik Malueth during the recent remembrance event for the genocide. Malueth emphasized the importance of the EAC's proactive role in ensuring the horrors of 1994 are not repeated within the region. He indicated that a formal proposal would soon be presented to the EAC Council of Ministers for approval.

In a gesture of solidarity, EAC leaders have previously erected a monument within the gardens of the EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, dedicated to the victims of the genocide. This act, along with the proposed commemoration day, symbolizes the collective mourning and remembrance of the lives lost during the tragic events in Rwanda.

Malueth highlighted the EAC's commitment to eradicating the ideology of genocide through education, dialogue, and reflection on the consequences of such beliefs and their denial. The initiative reflects a broader strategy to foster unity and reconciliation within the region.

The move has been met with appreciation, especially considering Rwanda's remarkable journey of recovery and reconciliation post-genocide. The nation's progress in fostering unity and rebuilding its societal fabric has been widely recognized as a testament to resilience and the power of collective healing.

The proposed EAC Genocide Remembrance Day is a step towards not only honoring the past but also ensuring a future where the region stands united against the forces of division and hatred. The EAC's initiative serves as a reminder of the importance of remembering history to safeguard the future against similar atrocities.

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