The 7th of April 2012 marked 18 years since the nation of Rwanda experienced a war between its two main tribes. The event was marked by the President, His Excellency Paul Kagame and his wife lighing the flame at Kigali Memorial Centre, Gisozi where hundreds of genocide remains are buried and where most events are put in an archive to tell the story of what happened. In the evening most citizens and also foreigners gathered at the national stadium (Amahoro stadium) to remember the departed by lighting candles, singing, praying and survivors narrating what they can remember. Purple bands were worn to symbolise the lives that were lost.
As a sign of respect, peace and progress in a nation that suffered the worst genocide Africa has ever experienced, businesses were closed for the day and security around the town was very tight to ensure everything ran smoothly. President Kagame has led his nation in diligence and applicable policies that have brought the citizens together and most who are in diaspora have also felt encouraged to come back home.
We pray and hope that the peace lasts forever as we continue to forge ahead in prosperity.