Students from Never Again Rwanda visit the CNLG
Students from different universities in nations across East Africa, including Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, along with their counterparts from universities in Rwanda, under the supervision of the NGO Never Again Rwanda, are visiting various institutions in Rwanda as part of their peacebuilding program. The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) is among those institutions, and hosted the group of students on 15 February.
Never Again Rwanda operates the Peace-Building Institute, which, every year, brings students from Rwanda, East Africa, and other parts of the globe, to learn about the efforts Rwandans have made to rebuild their country after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. This year, the program has the objective of ensuring that these students learn more about CNLG’s genocide prevention programs, including the successes the Commission has had and the challenges it has faced.
Students from Never Again Rwanda were received by Dr Jean-Damascène Gasanabo, the Director General of the CNLG’s Research and Documentation Centre on Genocide. He explained to them the CNLG’s structure, vision, mission, strategies, and challenges. These students were excited to learn about the experiences of the CNLG in the prevention of genocide. Dr Gasanabo explained to them the ten stages of genocide and their respective preventive strategies. He told them also about the role of memory in fighting against genocide ideology and denial. At this point, he urged the participants to fight denial in their home countries, because denial of the Genocide against the Tutsi is also present beyond Rwanda’s borders.
Regarding justice, Dr Gasanabo further explained to the group the role of the Gacaca and international tribunals in punishing perpetrators of the Genocide and ensuring justice for its victims. He concluded by sharing the Rwanda’s remarkable success in overcoming its horrible past and becoming the remarkable nation it is today.