Photo credit: Sarah Onyango
Sunday 7 April, 2019
Memorial march marks 25 years since Rwandan genocide
A memorial walk in Ottawa Sunday marked 25 years since the start of the Rwandan genocide. During a 100-day period from April 7 to mid-July 1994, more than 800,000 Rwandans — most of them Tutsis — were slaughtered by the Rwandan military and Hutu militia.
Marchers met Parliament Hill at 1 p.m. and walked to the Canadian War Museum, where a ceremony took place Sunday afternoon.
The marchers then joined several hundred guests at the Canadian War Museum for an official ceremony, which included speeches by various dignitaries, including Mark O’Neil (CEO of the Canadian War Museum), Ms. Shakilla Umutoni (Chargée d’Affaires at the Rwandan High Commission), H.E. Solomon Azo-Mbi (ambassador of Cameroon and Dean of the African Group of Heads of Mission) and MPs representing all the major federal political parties. There was also the lighting of candles, singing and poetry, a panel discussion and a reception.