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rwanda1The ACP Group of States, the United Nations in Brussels and the Embassy of Rwanda in Brussels have the honour to invite you to a joint commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Venue: ACP House, Av. Georges Henri, 451

Date and Time: 30 April 2012, 16.00-18.00 followed by a reception

Every April, the International Community commemorates the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, where more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus are estimated to have been killed over a period of 100 days.

Under the theme "Learning from history to shape a bright future," this historically profound event will be commemorated in Brussels with a joint ceremony, including a film screening and the launch of a special United Nations exhibition on the Rwanda genocide.

The ceremony will also feature readings of excerpts of letters from orphans, widows and perpetrators of the genocide to the deceased. The letters were collected by Rwandan artist and director Odile Gakire Katese, as part of her project "Book of Life."

Programme (English and French interpretation)

  • Address by the ACP Secretary-General
  • Reading of the United Nations Secretary-General message by the UN Representative
  • Testimonies
  • Documentary film (50 minutes)
  • Opening of the Exhibition (Address by the Ambassador of Rwanda)
  • Reception

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