Rwandan Community Abroad (RCA) members said they are ready to fully advocate for “Ndi Umunyarwanda” program while abroad and actively share their experience and testimonies and telling the truth about the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
RCA members made this promise during a three-day retreat about Ndi Umunyarwanda program themed “Ndi Umunyarwanda beyond borders” that took place from 9th- 11th December 2013.
Addressing Rwandan Community Abroad (RCA) members attending the seminar, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mary Baine, said that Ndi Umunyarwanda program aims to constructively discussing the history of the country.
She then urged RCA members to share the spirit of the program with their colleagues who didn’t get an opportunity to attend the seminar.
The Minister of youth and ICT, Jean Philibert Nsengimana, while talking about the concept of Ndi Umunyarwanda said the program was initiated to recognize values of the Rwandan culture strengthening brotherly ties between all Rwandans.
“The program was put in place to brace the unity and reconciliation among Rwandans. It is through our responsibility as Rwandans that we must bring back values of our accurate identity which were lost,” said Minister Nsengimana.
Members of RCA who participated at this seminar had an opportunity to share personal experience and testimonies. Some of them said that they have lived ashamed and not proud of being Rwandans because of the tragic history.
“Being called Hutu didn’t serve me, the Tutsi either; I have been living without being proud of being Rwandan. I welcome this concept of Ndi umunyarwanda because now I can proudly say that I am Rwandan,” said Maurice Rwambonera, a Rwandan living abroad.
They promised to take responsibility by challenging those spreading misinformation about Ndi Umunyarwanda program by giving out the right information through different communication channels.
Themed “Ndi Umunyarwanda beyond borders”, the seminar gave RCA members an opportunity to have a common understanding on topics such as the concept “Ndi Umunyarwanda” its significance and objectives; History and its tribulations to Rwandan society, forgiveness and the current national status of unity and reconciliation.