On April 7th, Rwanda as well as other countries around the world stood in commemoration of over 1 million innocent lives that were murdered in the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994.
Along with them, the Rwandan students in Israel, their classmates from Agrostudies and the Agrostudies staff also held a ceremony in K’far Silver in Ashkelon to share and commemorate these terrible events.
Ariel Maestracci (Agrostudies manager at K’far Silver Campus) was the guest of honor, and spoke about the need to fight against hatred. He continued, saying that their lives are like flowers that should be nurtured, whilst hatred is like a fire. If we allow the fire to get to the flowers, it destroys them.
Emmanuel Ndayizigiye wrote in summary of the event that “as young Rwandans, we must fight against hatred in all hearts and always remember what happened, so that it will and can never happen again in Rwanda or anywhere else in the world.”
As we remember these terrible acts we must also understand the evil seed the prompted them for this is the only way to avoid them in the future. Years of division and oppression based on race and geographic location preceded the events of 1994. In 1963, 20,000 Tutsi were killed and over 200,000 fled to neighboring countries and yet this was not enough to stop the continued propagation of hatred and public discrimination.
To prevent such atrocities in the future we must stand strong against all shows of racism and discrimination, we must continue to refuse violence and hatred as a means or solution to all or any problem. We must never forget and always stand guard.
There is a famous quote by Edmund Burke that says: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. For this reason, we must always express the goodness in our hearts, loud and clear for all to hear.
The ceremony at K’far Silver concluded by watching the speech of H.E Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda online, as he initiated the 21st commemoration of 1994 Rwandan Genocide against Tutsi.