Rwandan peacekeepers in South Sudan join the rest of the world to celebrate International Day of Peace
Rwandan peacekeepers in South Sudan joined the rest of the world to celebrate International Day of Peace that falls on 21 September annually.
The Peacekeepers alongside their colleagues serving under the UNMISS, SPLA (South Sudanese Army), Sudanese youth especially students, with banners and flags, marched a three kilometer long distance in Juba town to celebrate the day under this year international theme “Education for Peace”.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his message of the Day said “On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect”.
Celebrating the Day in Rwanda, Hon.Bernard Makuza, the vice-president of Rwandan Senate noted “As we celebrate this day, let’s think of how we can sustain peace as a country which has known what lacking peace looks like during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis ”.
He stressed that valuing human rights or citizens’ rights is what makes Rwanda a peaceful country.
“No one can teach us what peace is more than we ourselves. What we have been through left us worried about what will be our country’s future, but here we are, celebrating to have succeeded in creating a peaceful Rwanda. We have even been able to share our peace through peacekeeping missions by our security forces,” Makuza said.
Rwanda is the sixth country in the world when it comes to providing soldiers for peacekeeping mission, and the first in formed-up units in providing police officers for the same cause.
The celebrations of International Day of Peace in Juba started at Malikia Juba town and ended at Nyakuron conference hall in the afternoon.