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Rwanda genocide memorial sites offer lessons for us – says NCOP Chairperson

Amos Masondo has called on nations to learn from the tragic genocide in Rwanda to build inclusive and prosperous societies.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 26, 2021 / APO Group / –

The President of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Mr. Amos Masondo, has called on nations to learn from the tragic genocide in Rwanda to build inclusive and prosperous societies.

Mr. Masondo and the South African delegation to the Commonwealth Conference of Presidents and Presidents (CSPOC), organized by the Rwandan branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in Kigali, visited the Rwandan genocide memorial sites in Gisozi and in Parliament.

Masondo said the emotionally draining experience of going through the graphic depictions of the incidents that led to the 1994 genocide of the Tutsis and subsequent national reconciliation and nation-building efforts will be a forever reminder, not just for Rwandans, but for all. nations around the world. the world that divisive trends that threaten nation-building must not be allowed to flourish.

The Kigali Genocide Memorial sites feature educational videos, photographs, and actual skeletal remains of genocide victims, with excellent visitor guides bringing memories of what happened.

The Gisozi Kigali Memorial is also the final resting place of more than 250,000 victims of the genocide. Delegations from CSPOC member parliaments laid a wreath in memory of the victims of the Rwandan genocide, with a commitment to do everything in their power to suppress any similar trends that may threaten nation-building, development and the prosperity of the population.

The visit to the genocide memorial site, which Mr. Masondo described as a lifelong lesson for all, was part of the official opening day program activities.

The theme of the 17th CSPOC is African parliaments in the 21st century.

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