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10.03.2017 13:10 Age: 161 days

American students visit CNLG

On Thursday, 9 March 2017, 24 undergraduate students from various higher learning institutions in the United States of America visited the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG). The students are living and studying in Rwanda for five months as part of the School for International Training’s (SIT) study abroad program. The purpose of their visit was to learn about the role of CNLG and the peacebuilding process in Rwanda.

Dr Jean-Damascène Gasanabo, the Director General of Research and Documentation Centre on Genocide at CNLG, presented to the students and answered questions on the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Dr Gasanabo explained the different measures taken by CNLG in the fight against genocide ideology, especially minimization and justification of the Genocide against the Tutsi. He urged them to join the fight against genocide denialism within their countries, as most denialists live outside of Rwanda.

Furthermore, Dr Gasanabo also spoke about the role of the Gacaca courts and the Ndi Umunyarwanda programme in fostering unity and reconciliation amongst Rwandans. Additionally, he also informed the students that documents produced by the courts are currently being digitized to ensure their preservation.

Finally, Dr Gasanabo told his audience that CNLG is working to have four genocide memorial sites recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which would contribute towards raising awareness of the Genocide against the Tutsi around the world. He concluded by sharing the Rwanda’s remarkable success in overcoming its horrible past and becoming the remarkable nation it is today.