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Genocide survivor groups outline activities ahead of Kwibuka27

Two groups that are made up of young genocide survivors have unveiled series of activities lined up ahead of the 27th commemoration for the Genocide against the Tutsi (Kwibuka27) slated to begin in April. The two the Association of Graduate Genocide Survivors Organisation (GAERG) and the Association of Student Survivors of the Genocide (AERG) will undertake different activities from February 23 to April 5. The activities are to be held under the banner of GAERG-AERG Week that takes place ahead of the commencement of commemoration activities on April 7. According to a statement, the activities include promoting the socio-economic well-being of survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, advocating for solutions to challenges that threaten lives of genocide survivors as well as fighting genocide denial and conserving genocide facts. Emmanuel Muneza, the AERG National Coordinator said that the activities are being undertaken under the theme: “Conserve our history to build the better Rwanda we wish.” The theme creates an opportunity to remind Rwandans and the world in general that Rwandan history is a strong foundation for the country s development based on unity, hard work and patriotism. The activities will be carried out while also complying with Covid-19 prevention guidelines, he said. “Coping with effects caused by 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and fighting genocide deniers requires persistence. As youth, we should continuously engage in such a fight for a peaceful country. We should join our efforts in undertaking different activities organized in AERG - GAERG Week,” he said. “The 27th commemoration will be a good opportunity for us (as young people) to reflect on the responsibilities we have to build bright future for Rwanda,” added Egide Gatari, the GAERG president. The aim of the two organisations is among others help members to cope with effects caused by 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi among the survivors, promoting their welfare, fighting discrimination and genocide. Since the inception of AERG – GAERG Week on March 7, 2015, the young survivors have constructed 38 houses for survivors and 1,000 kitchens to promote good nutrition. The members have also given 39 cows to vulnerable people including survivors of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, those who played role in liberating the country and protectors of friendship pact who rescued Tutsi during genocide. The group has also played a role in cleaning genocide memorial sites across the country, among other activities.


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