Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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For a Hill of the Righteous in Rwanda

the initiatives run by Yolande Mukagasana

A picture in the rendering of the future Garden of the Righteous of Rwanda

A picture in the rendering of the future Garden of the Righteous of Rwanda Yolande Mukagasana

Yolande Mukagasana, GARIRWA founder and relentless witness to the Rwandan Genocide honored in the Garden of the Righteous in Milan, held a ceremonyi on past 28 March in Kigali to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the tragedy in which over one million people, tutsis and moderate hutus, died.

During a meeting with the survivors, the audience was invited to listen to the testimony of a Righteous, Jean-Francois Gisimba, and a visual rendering was presented to show the future layout of the Garden of the Righteous of Rwanda.

The procedures to achieve this major step forward for dialogue and reconciliation in the country are still ongoing. There is growing awareness about the subject and we hope the land for the creation of this memory place will be obtained as soon as possible. 

21 April 2015

Ceremony at the Garden of the Righteous of Milan 2012

In honor of Primo Levi, Claire Ly, Yolande Mukagasana and Ayse Nur Zarakoglu

Rwanda 1994

the extermination of Tutsis and moderate Hutus

From 6 April to 16 July 1994 Rwanda, a small country of Central Africa's region of the Great Lakes, was the scene of the genocide against the Tutsis and the moderate Hutus perpetrated by the extremists of the Hutu Power and the members of Akazu.
The region of Rwanda-Burundi, which was explored at the end of the Nineteenth century by the Germans, is assigned by the Society of Nations to Belgium for a mandate, in 1924. Fortified by the physiognomic theories of the Nineteenth century, Belgians placed their trust on the Tutsi ethnic group, which had conquered the crown around the Sixteenth century, unifying the country and establishing a feudal regome subjugating Hutus and Twas. In 1933 Belgians added the ethnical belonging to the Tutsis or Hutus to the data of the Rwandan ID cards.

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André Sibomana

an independent journalist in the Rwandan Genocide