Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda commemorating the genocide against the Tutsi
The 19th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi themed "Striving for self-reliance” was observed at Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda with a holiday and events between 7th to the 13th of April 2013.
On the 9th April, students, faculty and staff of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) commemorated the memorial period with a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Gisozi, where prayers were held, wreaths were laid and a tour of the Memorial museum followed.
Later that day a gathering organized by the CMU-R student committee of the MSIT 2014 class was hosted at the CMU-R campus where family and friends were invited. The guest speaker of the event was the highly revered Senator Tito Rutaremara who outlined the chronology of Rwandan history and focused on what he called the dark days after the independence.
Senator Tito Rutaremara, spoke about the Rwandan form of government it’s organisation scope, he recalled how the Germans and the Belgians came into Rwanda and divided the communities, favoured a few and enslaved others. “At the time of independence, I was a student in secondary school, but earlier in 1959, political parties had started and they had different views about independence, some wanted immediate independence, others wanted a long term plan and delaying the independence while there are those who were putting all the blame on the Tutsi and wanted to eliminate all Tutsi,” said Senator Tito Rutaremara.
Senator Tito Rutaremara went on to explain the dissension into the genocide, the build up and the length of the war. He furthered explored the effects of the genocide and facts like every Rwandan was affected. And closed with considered plans for Rwanda’s future with a need for togetherness and foresight
The CMU-R director, Professor Bruce Krogh shared his profound remarks .
On the 10th April 2013 a film “Rwanda Again” was shown to the public. Rwanda Again tells a story of work and healing, of a people who have survived the ruins of genocide and must rebuild what they once had and what they must have; food, shelter, liberty and trust for fellow humans.
The "Rwanda Again" story and concept was done by Rwanda's own Phoebe Mutetsi with Direction and Concept by Lawrence Blankenbyl, it focuses on life in five key locations where the atrocities were perpetrated; an ore mine, sugarcane field, fishing lake, a cattle slaughterhouse and farms where life continues over grounds stained by violence and brutality.