Asmara, 28 June 2014 – The 20th Commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide against the Tutsi ethnic group was observed yesterday here in Asmara. The commemoration event that witnessed various activities was jointly organized by the PFDJ and UN Office in Eritrea under the theme “Remember- Unite- Renew.”
The commemorative activities comprising tree planting near Beleza area, environmental hygiene and candle light vigil also featured at Hotel Asmara Palace.
Ministers, PFDJ heads, diplomats and heads of UN missions in Eritrea were present on the occasion, during which a short film and pictorial exhibition depicting the 1994 genocide were shown in the event.
Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Head of Political Affairs at the PFDJ, lit torch in memory of the genocide victims and those present conducted prayer along with candle light. In a speech he delivered in connection with the commemoration, Mr. Yemane pointed out that the sad event in Rwanda left behind dark history and severe damage. He went on to explain that the Government of Rwanda is today engaged in endeavors to promote national reconstruction by leaving behind the dark episode of the genocide. The PFDJ official further indicated that the Government of Eritrea is currently exerting efforts to promote close bilateral relations aimed at ensuring mutual benefit for both peoples.
Likewise, Ms. Christine N. Umutoni, UN Resident Coordinator, noted that over a million Rwanda citizens lost their lives during the tragic genocide. She also indicated that the international community is working actively to bring to justice the perpetrators of the sad act of crime. Moreover, Ms. Christine expressed appreciation for the close cooperation that the Eritrean government and the PFDJ demonstrated in organizing the commemorative event.
Similarly, the Chairperson of the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW), Ms. Leul Gebreab, delivered a speech stressing the need for the international community to exert the necessary efforts towards averting a repetition of such tragedy anywhere in our planet.
Reports also indicated that the staff of UN Office in Eritrea and workers of the NUEW, NUEYS and NCEW planted around 400 tree seedlings around Beleza area in connection with the commemoration.
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