Genocide Survivors Come Together in Rwanda

KIGALI (Armenpress)–Genocide survivors from across the globe gathered in Rwanda on Sunday to open a conference to share traumas and commemorate massacres they vowed must never be allowed to happen again–reported Reuters.

Rwandans–Armenia’s–Jews–Cambodians and Bosnians are among those invited to the "Life after Death" conference–where some 250 participants will discuss coping with post-genocide life.

"The aim of this conference is to confer over how to respect and commemorate together the memory of the genocide victims–and to look for ways of improving the life of survivors," said Antoine Mugesera–Chairman of Ibuka–a coalition of Rwanda genocide survivors’ associations–told the opening ceremony.

The Kigali conference–due to last six days–was jointly organized by Ibuka and the New York-based Holocaust Survivors and their Children organization.

"Holocaust and genocide remain with us for generations. When we speak out–we prevent it from being transmitted from generation to generation," Yael Danieli–director of the New York-based group–told the conference.

An exhibition running in parallel to the conference documen’s the Rwandan genocide–with photographs of ringleaders and displays of the kinds of machetes–guns and clubs used during the killings.

"This conference gives me hope," said Esther Mujawayo–who was widowed by Rwanda’s 1994 genocide and has three children. "We will learn from the experiences of other communities how not to despair."

Extremists from the Hutu majority organized the massacre of 800,000 minority Tutsis and Hutu moderates in Rwanda in 1994.


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