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What is Kwibuka?

Kwibuka means ‘remember’ in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s language. It describes the annual commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

More than one million Rwandans died in the hundred days of the genocide. It was one of human history’s darkest times. Twenty years later we, Rwanda, ask the world to unite to remember the lives that were lost.

We ask the world to come together to support the survivors of the genocide, and to ensure that such an atrocity can never happen again – in Rwanda or elsewhere.

Kwibuka21 is a series of events taking place in Rwanda and around the world. These events lead up to the national commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda, which begins on 7 April 2015. The genocide began on 7 April 1994.

Kwibuka21 is also a time to learn about Rwanda’s story of reconciliation and nation building.

Taking Kwibuka to the world

Rwanda is looking forward to the next twenty years. We have a vision of hope, dignity and prosperity for our country. The people of Rwanda are working together for the brighter future they deserve. Come together with them to learn about, and commemorate, the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Last year’s Kwibuka20 called on the world to stand against genocide in three key ways:

– To remember: Honouring the memory of those who died. Offering support to those who survived.

– To unite: Rwanda shows that reconciliation through shared human values is possible. We ask the world to do the same.

– To renew: As we build Rwanda anew, we are humbled to share our experiences and learn from others. Let’s create a better world together.

Join us by sharing Rwanda’s story and working together for a brighter future.

There are events happening around the world for Kwibuka21. Attend one near you, or create one in your own community. Learn about the Genocide against the Tutsi. Watch and listen to the stories of those who lived through this terrible time. Leave a message of remembrance and support.

You can join the global conversation about Kwibuka21 on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.