April 7th commemorates the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, which was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003. The date marks the beginning of the genocide perpetrated against members of the Tutsi minority by the Hutu extremist-led government.
Loom team member Ninziza Kamanzi recently attended a seminar in her home country of Rwanda, focused on resilience and supporting survivors of the genocide. “It had some psychologists and mental health professionals that have been working in Rwanda I didn’t know about…I’m grateful to be learning more before [the commemoration] comes. It takes some emotional energy but it was [also] empowering to hear everyone speak.”
We encourage you to take some time next week, as the month of April begins, to reflect on the genocide and join us in prayer for survivors and their families.