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Yolande Mukagasana launches foundation to fight against genocide denial and revisionism

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Yolande Mukagasana, a genocide survivor and UNESCO and Prize for Peace Education award winner, along with Friends of Memory of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, have created a foundation known as ‘Fondation Yolande Mukagasana’ with major objectives of; fighting against denial and revisionism of the genocide against the Tutsi; fight against the ideology of genocide and promote arts that promote associated objectives through literature, music, theater and poetry.

Yolande talking to youth in Italy about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Thirdly, the foundation seeks to conduct research on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in collaboration with relevant organizations through organizing conferences and seminars on the Genocide against Tutsi, archiving the history of the genocide and promoting the culture of reading and writing about the Genocide against Tutsi.

Speaking on the objective of this foundation, Yolande Mukagasana President and founding member said: “The ideology and the denial of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi is still topical, especially in journalistic and academic sectors influenced by the perpetrators of the genocide and their friends. With the evolution of the media that gave birth to social media which give an easy audience to the most weird statements in the name of freedom of expression. As keepers of memory, we cannot accept the distortion of the history of Rwanda and of the genocide in particular”.

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The Foundation was founded by different people; Rwandans and foreigners of all categories in age, education, skills and experiences with different backgrounds, majority being young people who want to rebuild Rwanda, and build on differences. The Foundation will also denounce genocide denial and revisionism.

“We must know that our differences do not make us enemies, but the riches on which we must all rebuild. The genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi is the history of Rwandans, it is the history of humanity. To fight against the ideology and denial of genocide is to fight against hate. Hence, it’s everyone’s duty to get involved in this fight “added Yolande Mukagasana.

Yolande Mukagasana Foundation is open to anyone, to any institution, both national and international, sharing the same vision.

Yolande with youth in Italy after giving her testimony.

About Yolande Mukagasana

The genocide against the Tutsi has left Yolande Mukagasana widowed and childless. Since 1995, she has been confronted with the Denial and Revisionism of this genocide in the West. Her struggle began in 1995 in Europe where she spent 16 years talking and testifying about the Genocide against Tutsi, justice, peace and living together despite her wounds.

She has travelled around the world to bear witness to what happened in Rwanda in 1994. She has received various awards including the Honorable Mention of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, recognition by the American Jewish Community and many others.

Yolande Mukagasana is also the author of seven books translated into different languages and such are the reasons why Yolande Mukagasana’s commitment to promote the culture of reading and writing about the genocide against the Tutsi, hence keeping the memory alive.

Yolande Mukagasana believes that “There will be no humanity without forgiveness, there will be no forgiveness without justice, and there will be no justice without humanity.”

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