UN observes 20th commemoration of Rwandan genocide

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Solemn ceremony in commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda

People around the world are being asked to stand against genocide by honouring the memory of those who died in Rwanda twenty years ago.

The Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide and the United Nations is working with the Rwandan Mission to the UN to organize a series of events in New York in commemoration of the Rwandan genocide.

More than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred in 1994.

The series of national and global events called "Kwibuka20" started on 7 January 2014.

Kwibuka is the Kinyarwanda word for "remember".

Community conversations are taking place in each district in Rwanda to reflect on the events of 1994 as well as the country's journey since.

Meanwhile, the global community is being asked to join the conversation to learn about genocide.

The aim of Kwibuka20 is to remember the lives lost, show solidarity with the survivors and unite to ensure genocide never happens again.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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