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THE 21ST GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION AT PIASS

Posted April 29, 2015
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The community of Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) organized their 5th special remembrance of the students and staff who were killed during Genocide against Tutsi in 1994. The memorial ceremonies took place the evening of April 25 and continued to Sunday, April 26.The evening was started by firing the wood, which is traditionally interpreted as a symbol of life.
Two minutes of silence, in memory of PIASS staff and students victims began the commemoration. “PIASS will never stop remembering the family of Rev Dr Rwagacuzi Faustin (Rev Rwagacuzi Faustin, his wife and four children) who was the Dean of the faculty of Theology (FTPB) at the time. His efforts to develop the institution from a school of Theology to the Faculty of Theology are unforgettable.” Rev Prof Ndikumana Viateur, the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academics and one of FTPB alumni said.
“It is impossible to erase the memories of moments we shared together with our classmates and colleagues: Christophe Mudaheranwa, Obed Niyonshuti, Javan Ngirimana and Fidele Muhire! May God provide them with eternal and peaceful rest” he added
On commemoration eve, the mayor of Huye district delivered a public lecture on the parallelism of poor and good governances respectively in pre and post genocide periods. In his public lecture; he explained that it is shameful to have a leadership which trains the citizens to hate each other. “The pre-genocide governance was characterized by politics of divisionism, dehumanization and non-equal rights among 3 so called “ethnic groups”. This ideology was deeply taught and was swallowed by a big number of Rwandese and led to genocide in 1994” He said “It is a pride that our country is now rebuilt and we have good governance where citizens are taught to develop themselves and fighting for self reliance and dignity instead of divisionism” he added.


PIASS Community in Remembrance Walk.
Photo credit: NSENGIYUMVA Janvier.
The mayor especially encouraged students to fight against any ideology of divisionism and genocide denial for a sustainable development and unity.
The commemoration continued on Sunday with a remembrance walk by the staff, students, local government officials, survivors of victims’ families and friends in memory of the agony through which Tutsi traveled during the genocide, where death was always at hand. The walk ended at PIASS memorial site where participants laid commemorative flowers.
A church service was then held. Rev Prof Elisé Musemakweli, the dean of the faculty of Theology and Religious Studies preached that love always triumphs over death. (1John3:14-15)
In his key note remarks, Rev Dr Pascal Bataringaya, the president of EPR and Vice Legal Representative of PIASS, who was the guest of honor, reminded the audience that a lack of humanity, wisdom and strong Christianity were the main cause of 1994 genocide. With the example of the Bonhoeffer’s legacy, he encouraged PIASS community to always tell the truth about genocide against Tutsi: “As Bonhoeffer stood and told the truth of genocide against Jews by Nazi in Germany, we need to do the same as Bonhoeffer- mankind in our society to stand firmly and fight for the truth of genocide against Tutsi” he concluded
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Rev Prof NDIKUMANA Viateur, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academics leads a prayer.
Photo credit: NSENGIYUMVA Janvier.

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