From 4 to 9th February 2013, the Council of Protestant Churches of Rwanda [CPR] hosted a conference on healing memories for intercommunity dialogue for Kenyans. This initiative came from NCCK (National Christian Council of Kenya), And AACC (All African Conference of Churches). More than 100 participants, including 30 Kikuyu, 30 Kalenjin, 15 Masai, Luo, Luhya, Kiissi, representative of clergy, youth, women and media came to learn how Rwandans survived the horrors of the genocide then started to reconstruct the nation, unity and reconciliation.
They heard testimonies from genocide victims and perpetrators. They also get the opportunity to interact with Rwandans on the challenges of the post genocide and on signs of hope, and visited the memorials sites of the genocide. In the end, they formulated a Call to peace, and to build One Kenya, One People. Following are highlights of some aspects of the conference".
- Organization: The trip was arranged by NCCK, AACC and Protestant Council of Churches in Rwanda (CPR) as host organization. The delegation arrived at Kigali on Monday 4th February, 2013 and was welcomed by the General Secretary of All Africa Conference of Churches, Rev Dr André Karamaga, and the General Secretary of Protestant Council of Rwanda, Dr Tharcisse Gatwa. They were hosted at the Presbyterian Guest Houses, Isano, Kigali. The conference started on 5th February until 8th February 2013 in the afternoon. Departure started in the afternoon of 8th February to continue on 9th February in the morning.
- The following themes were presented: Analysis of the Rwandan context by Ambassador Patrick Mazimpaka: exposure to the traditional arbitration mechanism, Gacaca by Mr Ildephonse Karengera from the National Commission for the fight against genocide; the post genocide challenges in Rwanda and rebuilding the nation was presented by Honorable Minister James Musoni of Local government. Signs of hopes was another theme developed from the Kenyan side by Ambassador Kiplagat and on the Rwandan side, by Dr Dusingizemungu;
- Storytelling and testimonies: visitors heard storytelling and testimonies from survivals and perpetrators of the genocide;
- Visiting genocide memorial sites: the delegates visited genocide memorial sites: in Kigali at Gisozi, Ntarama and Nyamata, in Bugesera district.
- Beginning of the day: Each morning, there was meditation on the Word of God led by representative of NCCK, AACC and CPR respectively. Given topics were also discussed in group work, and thereafter shared among participants.
- Closing ceremony: During the closing ceremony, a Call to build one Kenya, one people statement signed by the elders representing of the Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Massai, Luhya, Luo, Kisii communities, church leaders and General Secretaries of AACC, NCCK, CPR. This call has been read in front of participants and the media. They then commended the efforts made by the organisers of the trip and the host for making the conference successful. They challenged participants to go back and engage to concrete actions in implementing the content of the Call.
- Read the call to build one Kenya, One people
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KENYANS LEARNING FROM THE RWANDAN EXPERIENCE