UN / RWANDA GENOCIDE

13-Apr-2018 00:02:29
During a memorial ceremony to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, Secretary-General António Guterres said “Rwandans have shown that reconciliation is possible,” adding that “Rwandans have learned from the events of 1994, and so must the international community.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / RWANDA GENOCIDE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 13 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

13 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Med shot, Secretary-General António Guterres
4. Zoom out, ceremony
5. Zoom out, musical performance
6. Close up, candle
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“When I visited Rwanda in my previous role as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, I witnessed the unbreakable spirit of the Rwandan people, their yearning for peace and their commitment to rebuilding their country. They have shown that reconciliation is possible, even after a tragedy of such monumental proportions. Rwanda has learned from the events of 1994. So must the international community.”
8. Wide shot, audience
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today, people are being killed, displaced and abused in many parts of the world. In Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims have been killed, tortured, raped, burnt alive and humiliated, solely because of who they are. In Syria, continued escalation in hostilities, after seven years of conflict, has led to unimaginable violence and suffering. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, violence has forced 4.5 million people to flee their homes in the past year alone. Preventing genocide, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law is a shared responsibility.”
10. Zoom out, candles and flowers
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“To save people at risk, we must go beyond words. We must nurture the courage to care – and the resolve to act. Only by meeting these challenges can we honour the victims and survivors of genocide and ensure that what happened in Rwanda 24 years ago is never repeated – anywhere, ever again.”
12. various shots, audience applause
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Consolee Nishimwe, Author, Rwanda Genocide Survivor:
“I never thought that they were going to say that they had murdered my dad. My dad who taught their kids, my dad who was caring every young person in our town. And now, the word is to kill him simple because he was a Tutsi.”
14. various shots, audience applause
STORYLINE
During a memorial ceremony to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, Secretary-General António Guterres today (13 Apr) commended the “unbreakable spirit of the Rwandan people, their yearning for peace and their commitment to rebuilding their country,” and said, “Rwandans have shown that reconciliation is possible.”
Guterres said “Rwandans have learned from the events of 1994, and so must the international community.”

He noted that “today, people are being killed, displaced and abused in many parts of the world,” including in Myanmar, Syria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Secretary-General said, “preventing genocide, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law is a shared responsibility.”

He said, “to save people at risk, we must go beyond words. We must nurture the courage to care – and the resolve to act. Only by meeting these challenges can we honour the victims and survivors of genocide and ensure that what happened in Rwanda 24 years ago is never repeated – anywhere, ever again.”

Consolee Nishimwe, who was just a teenager when the genocide took place recalled finding out that her father, a teacher, had been killed.

She said “I never thought that they were going to say that they had murdered my dad. My dad who taught their kids, my dad who was caring every young person in our town. And now, the word is to kill him simple because he was a Tutsi.”

Estimates of the number of people killed vary from 800,000 to more than one million. The latest General Assembly resolution designating 7 April as the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda cited more than a million people killed during the genocide, including Hutu and others who opposed it.
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