International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

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2022 Date7 April 2022
2023 Date7 April 2023
International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda History

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda seeks to remember the lives that were lost in the genocide. In 1994, the deaths of the Presidents of Burundi and Rwanda sparked a several month-long retaliatory attack. More than 800,000 lives were lost over this period. Most of the victims were the Tutsi, an ethnic group who made up close to 14% of the country. This day remembers the victims and pledges to prevent future genocides.

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda was established in 2003 by the UN General Assembly. It is observed annually on April 7th.

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International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda Facts & Quotes

  • More than one million people were systematically killed in less than three months. The Tutsi people made up the majority of deaths, but the Hutu, the Twa, and others who opposed the genocide were also targeted.
  • Between 2013 and 2018, about $411 million was budgeted by the UN to assist Rwanda in its development. This came after the UN formed a new strategy in 2008 called Delivering as One, or One UN. This strategy brought 8 countries (Rwanda, Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Vietnam) together. Their goal is to increase the UN system's impact through more coherent programs, reduced transaction costs for governments, and lower overhead costs for the UN system.
  • On this day, we honour those who were murdered, we reflect on the suffering and we recognize the resilience of those who have survived. As we join in solidarity with people of Rwanda, we must take a hard look at today's world and ensure that we heed the lessons of 27 years ago - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, 2021

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