Sir Eric Pickles, the United Kingdom’s Special Envoy For Post-Holocaust issues, described Rwanda as “a living monument for tolerance and bringing people together” after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The envoy made the remarks on Tuesday while visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi to pay tribute to Genocide victims, as part of his three-day visit to the country to look at the lessons from the Genocide.
Speaking to the media, Sir Pickles said he is in the country mainly to observe the process of how Rwanda rose from the ruins to build trust among its people. “The 1994 Genocide [against the Tutsi] was an extraordinary event in which neighbours turned against neighbours. I am here to observe part of that process of how a country then rebuilds trust among the people, making itself a living monument for tolerance and bringing people together,” he said.
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