Thursday, 12 April, 2012
On Wednesday 11 April, a service of commemoration for the 18th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda was held at Southwark Cathedral.
We were honoured to attend the service, which was a time for both reflection and a chance to celebrate the achievements of Rwanda over the past 18 years.
Among the prayers and beautiful hymns, there were speeches from our trustee, Rabbi Barry Marcus; Billy Kelly, the Director of Msaada, a charity working to allow those affected by the Genocide to become self-sufficient; and The High Commissioner of Rwanda, HE Ernest Rwamucyo.
The High Commissioner spoke about the fantastic achievements and accomplishments of the nation since the 1994 genocide, including a flourishing economy and becoming the seventh largest contributor to the UN peacekeeping forces.
The commemoration also featured a number of young people, including a choir from the Rwandan Diaspora Community singing Go Light the World by Kathy Trocolli; and the lighting of a candle by Belinda Nyakira, Representative of Rwandan Youth and Olivier Palierakis, Headboy of Hockeriel College.
To find out more about the Rwandan High Commission in the United Kingdom, please visit their website.