Liverpool will remember the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide with two events this week.
On Thursday 24 April Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar will be joined by the High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda, His Excellency Mr Williams Nkurunziza and Young Lord Mayor in laying wreaths at the Rwandan Genocide Memorial stone in St John’s Garden
Following this there will be a remembrance service at the Town Hall which will be attended by civic guests and members of the Rwandan community.
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar, said: “We should never forget the atrocities that took place in Rwanda 20 years ago.
“It’s extremely important that we take the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others. It is our responsibility to educate both the young and old to ensure that such hateful crimes do not take place in the future.
“This service is our way of honouring all those who suffered and keeping their memory alive.”
His Excellency Mr Williams Nkurunziza, said: “We welcome the support of our friends in commemorating this very significant event in history.”
During the ceremony, a candle will be lit by Philomene Uwamaliya, this will be followed by a minutes silence in remembrance of all those who suffered during the genocide which saw over 500,000 innocent people killed over the course of approximately 100 days.