Police officers currently undergoing the second United Nations Police Officers Course (UNPOC) at the Peacekeeping Training Centre in Gishari, Rwamagana District, on March 13, visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial to pay respects to victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The 45 participants from seven African countries laid wreaths and held a minute of silence in honor of remains of victims laid to rest at the centre.
Participants in the two-week peacekeeping course are from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Comoros, Sudan, Somali and Ethiopia.
During a guided tour, the officers were given an overview of the pre-colonial history, colonial and post-colonial era, and the historic bad leadership that culminated into the 100 days of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
Speaking after the visit Lt Ali Mohammed from Sudan one of the trainees said that the visit was “an eye opener to understand what exactly transpired before, during and after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
“I have read about the genocide but never before did I understand the way it’s been explained to me today. This documents how worst bad leadership could be, and a lesson to other countries to work towards unity and development of the people,” Ali said.
“This challenges us to ensure that such doesn’t happen anywhere again.”
He further said that the memorial centre gives them the impression of working harder and put efforts together to ensure sustainable peace and security.