On Saturday, 8th April 2017, Rwandan community in Finland and friends (RCFF) has commemorated the Rwandan genocide against Tutsi that happened 23 years ago in 1994 in Rwanda for the second time in the city of Jyväskylä, Finland.


The organiser of the commemoration events was the Rwandan community in Finland and friends (RCFF); the event was successfully held, as Rwandans although away from their home once again they could remember, unite, renew and theme of this year was: “Remember the Genocide against the Tutsi – fight Genocide ideology – build on our progress” as well as other Rwandans all over the world.


The opening remarks, introduction and overview were given by the former RCFF chairperson, Mr. Issa Dufatanye. In his remarks, He urged that we have multiples reasons to remember, why is so important. He informed the commemorators that the commemoration has three pillars namely: Unite, remember and renew. He said that it is an important occasion to remember, to show solidarity; and to unite for a brighter future.


Many Rwandans and their Friends were gathered in Jyväskylä city where they watched a movie “Kinyarwanda” that shapes what was Rwandan society during 1994 Tutsi genocide and before compares to the reconciled and united society in order to remember the history and understanding the struggle Rwandan society has been through; after watching the movie they lightened candles and take a minute of silence while remembering the losses during 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide.


The key note of the day was given by RCFF Chairperson Mme Victoire Tuhkanen Nyinawumuntu, where she gave the message from the ambassador of Rwanda in Scandinavians countries Hon. Ambassador Christine NKULIKIYINKA to the commemorators of Rwandan community in Finland and their friends (RCFF). She reminded to the audience what is the meaning and importance of commemorating recalling the saying of Rwandan President Paul Kagame which says that: “We cannot turn the clock back nor can we undo the harm caused, but we have the power to determine the future and to ensure that what happened never happens again”


What happened in Rwanda were a lesson left for Rwandans and all Africans that divisions and hatracy lead to nothing other than self-destruction!


Every year in Rwanda and all over the world the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is commemorated to make sure that what happened will never happen again either is Rwanda or globally.

Mr Issa Dufatanye

From left to right: Edwin Ndaki (Chairperson of Tanzanian community in Finland) with Mme Vicky and Mr Mugasa