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Remarks by H.E. Mr. Carlos Victor BOUNGOU Ambassador of the Gabonese Republic to the Republic of Korea, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Dean of the African Group of Ambassadors on the occasion of the Commemoration Event “KWIBUKA 30” hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Seoul.

• His Excellency CHUNG Byung-won, Deputy Minister for Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea;
• Rev. Dr. Billy KIM, Chairman of Far East Broadcasting Company-Korea;
• His Excellency Bakuramutsa Nkubito Manzi, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the Republic of Korea;
• Excellencies,
• Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with profound honor and humility that I address you today in my capacity as the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and the Dean of the African Group of Ambassadors in the Republic of Korea, as we mark the solemn occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

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Each year, at this poignant juncture, we reflect on a tragedy that saw over a million innocent men, women, and children brutally murdered in a span of only 100 days.

As we underscore the importance of this annual commemoration, it is crucial, amidst our solidarity with the people of Rwanda, to honor and remember the victims, to celebrate the resilience of the survivors and their families, and to uphold the hopes and aspirations of the Republic of Rwanda.

This 30th commemoration with the theme “Remember-Unite-Renew”, emphasizes the enduring legacy of strength, resilience, and unity.

The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide in Rwanda rightly underlines that KWIBUKA30 places a special focus on youth to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.

Therefore, it is vital to acknowledge the bravery of the survivors, the orphans, and all those who courageously opposed the calls for hatred.

It is equally important to preserve the memory of the genocide’s victims and rebuild communities through the unity of the Rwandan people. Rwanda’s exceptional resilience and unwavering commitment to shaping its destiny despite its harrowing past stand as a testament to its remarkable spirit.

In learning the lessons of the genocide, the international community vowed “Never Again” to allow such atrocities to occur. This pledge is enshrined in the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, obligating nations to take action against genocide.

In the same vein, the African Union has designated April 7th as a day of remembrance for the genocide’s victims in Rwanda.

To conclude, as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, we also celebrate the remarkable resilience of the people of Rwanda, and the visionary leadership of His Excellency Paul KAGAME, President of the Republic of Rwanda. We commend Rwanda for its achievements in reconciliation, justice, social cohesion, and development in just one generation.

Thank you.

Author: MANZI


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