In kinyarwanda, Kwibuka means ‘remember’. It describes the annual commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
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. The genocide began on 7 April 1994.
“Kwibuka20 is also a time to learn about Rwanda’s story of reconciliation and nation building. Rwanda is looking forward to the next twenty years. We have a vision of hope, dignity and prosperity for our country. The people of Rwanda are working together for the brighter future they deserve. Come together with them to learn about, and commemorate, the Genocide against the Tutsi.”
Kwibuka20 called on the world to stand against genocide in three important ways:
– to remember: Honouring the memory of those who died. Offering support to those who survived.
– to unite: Rwanda shows that reconciliation through shared human values is possible. We ask the world to do the same.
– to renew: As we build Rwanda anew, we are humbled to share our experiences and learn from others. Let’s create a better world together.