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Ukrainian diplomats in Kenya commemorate the victims of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda
07 April 2015 14:40

Today, April 7, 2015, diplomats of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Kenya attended the official commemoration ceremony dedicated to 21st anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. 

The event, held at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, hosted the  speeches by Director-General of the UN Office at Nairobi Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, Chargé d'Affaires of the Republic of Rwanda to the Republic of Kenya Mr Ephraim Murenzi and Under Secretary-General for Communications and public Information Ms. Cristina Gallach 

The statements on behalf of the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon and President of the UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa were also presented. 

Ukrainian diplomats paid tribute to the victims of the Genocide by a minute of silence and laid flowers at the memorial plaque dedicated to the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. 

The Rwandan Genocide was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority. 

During the approximate 100-day period from April 7, 1994, to mid-July, an estimated 500,000–1,000,000 Rwandans were killed, constituting as much as 20% of the country's total population and 70% of the Tutsi then living in Rwanda. 

The rate of killings in Rwanda exceeded five times the rate of killings in Nazi death camps during the Second World War and constituted 7 murders per minute.

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