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The Minister of state in the Ministry of youth and Culture, Edouard Bamporiki has urged the youth to learn from the country’s history to get inspiration helping them to strive for good deeds to be passed to future generations.
The Minister gave the advice on Sunday 24th January 2021, appearing at RBA talk show as the nation prepares for National Heroes Day celebrated on 1st February every year.
It is a remarkable day for Rwandans inside and outside the country reflecting on the outstanding deeds of Rwandan nationals that sacrificed their lives to serve the country, strive for common interests, unity and freedom.
Rwanda endured dark past especially during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi when over 1 million innocent Tutsi were brutally killed.
Under the stewardship of President Paul Kagame who commanded RPFA forces that liberated the country, Rwanda is gradually rebuilding from scars, promoting unity and reconciliation as well as achieving social-economic development that the country is currently a role model in many facets.
Bamporiki has reminded the youth that Rwanda endured difficult experiences that left great lessons to learn from.
“Many countries have developed because of endured difficulties. From endured suffering, emerges a person committed to prevent reo-occurrence. Many people opted for agriculture after starving. Experienced painful moments birthed joy,” he said.
“We have a great nation that those who pretend to have seen nothing are disguising. I tell the youth that we are a good generation to show where we have come from and build resilient life leaving lessons to future generations,” added Bamporiki.
Rwanda has been celebrating National Heroes Day since 1999, with heroes classified into three categories; Imanzi, Imena and Ingenzi.
Those classified in Imanzi are; late Gen. Maj Fred Gisa Rwigema former commandant of Rwanda Patriotic Army and Unknown Soldier.
Imena includes King Mutara III Rudahigwa, Michel Rwagasana, Agathe Uwiringiyimana, Félicité Niyitegeka and Nyange Students.
Currently no person has been honoured in Ingenzi category.
The celebration of the 27th National Heroes Day scheduled on 1st February 2021 will be observed under strict Covid-19 control measures. Different talks will be held via mainstream media and social media.