The Ministry of Youth in partnership with the National Youth Council and other partners have, ended the first phase of a programme dubbed “Rubyiruko, Menya Amateka Yawe”.

“Rubyiruko, Menya Amateka Yawe” translated in English simply means “Youth, know your history” as one of 25th commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsi pre-event.

This annual programme that was launched on Thursday 17 January 2019, have attracted more than 2,900 youths from four provinces of Rwanda and the City of Kigali, who visited Kigali Genocide Memorial, the Campaign Against Genocide Museum and held discussions with High level Officials to shade more light on what they have seen in both museums.

The Minister of Youth, Hon. MBABAZI Rosemary said the programme would facilitate the youth countrywide to know Rwanda’s history, to build on it to sustain what Rwanda has achieved, and fight for the bright future.

“This programme is on the agenda of different activities to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. We sometimes organise different commemoration activities so that our youth take part not only in remembrance, but also help, through community works, the survivors who were affected by Genocide against Tutsi in 1994,” she added.

Youth representatives who took part in this initiative testify that it was productive as it helped them to get clarifications on the history of Rwanda, especially how the Genocide against Tutsi has been prepared and stopped.

HITIMANA Jean Claude, a youth from Rusizi District said, “visiting Genocide memorial and campaign against Genocide museum has provided me the insights on the Genocide and how Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) stopped it”.

“The journey of stopping Genocide was very tough, but the good thing is that it was stopped. As youth we should learn from this spirit of RPA to build a strong country” he added.

A big number of participants in ‘Rubyiruko Menya Amateka Yawe’ are young Rwandans who were born after 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

Gen. Kabarebe James, Senior Defence and Security Advisor in the Office of the President, advised young Rwandans to learn from the history and build Rwanda with patriotism.

He said “What I advise you is to love your Country, if you are patriotic, you will get answers to any problem you may face, fight for your country and protect it against any harm.”


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