9 Mar 2017
Youth urged to use online platforms to fight Genocide denial.
By Remy Niyingize, The New Times.
Student survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi have been urged to use the resources available to them to be catalysts of a better future and counter Genocide apologists who always use online platforms to spread harmful propaganda.
This call was made on Sunday by the Governor of the Southern Province, Marie Rose Mureshyankwano, to students at the University of Rwanda’s Huye campus.
“The people who deny the Genocide mainly use social media. Rwandans still experience consequences of this tragedy. As young intellectuals, you should debunk those apologists with facts,” she told the students.
She was speaking at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Genocide Survivor Students’ Association, (AERG) at Rwanda Institute of National Museum in Huye District.
Regis Rukundakuvuga, the president of AERG UR-Huye campus, and one of the founding members of the association, called on the youth to shun divisionism.
“Members of this association should go down to the community and educate fellow citizens about post Genocide achievements and the various opportunities that have been made available,” said Rukundakuvuga, who is currently the Inspector of Courts at the Judiciary.
So far, AERG at Huye campus consists of 1,300 members, including former and current students at the former National University of Rwanda.
Dr Charles Muligande, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at the University of Rwanda, said that AERG has helped bring about a positive change across the country, not only among the survivors, but society in general.