Rwanda sees healing to a 10-year old wound.

By April 6, 2004

Rwanda (MNN)–There are thousands of families in Rwanda still pursuing justice after wholescale slaughter ten years ago.

Bitter enemies are coming together from the Hutu and Tutsi tribes for reconciliation, a move thought impossible in light of the tragic events of April 1994.

Tomorrow marks ten years since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed. World Vision has played an important role in Rwanda’s restoration and will take part in a national commemoration day.

The main challenge World Vision Rwanda has faced since then has been the need to help children who were orphaned following the deaths of their parents.

That generation of orphans brought to light the need to provide them with shelter, health services, education, and community structures. The HIV/AIDS pandemic following the massacre was another challenge for aid organisations.

Their teams, having invested 10 years of work through the hope and peace of Christ, are involved with reconciliation activities between the Hutus and the Tutsis. Please pray as healing continues.

Commemoration activities to take place on April 7 include the launch of a national genocide memorial; the laying to rest at the National Memorial Centre of exhumed victims of genocide; testimonies of survivors at the National Stadium; music, dance and drama to signify healing, hope and dreams for the future; a vigil at the end of the day for the fallen innocent heroes; and the lighting up of the National Genocide Memorial Hill, which will symbolise hope and a future for Rwanda.

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