On 07 April UNESCO commemorates the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The day was established in 2003 by the UN. The date marks the beginning of the genocide perpetrated by the Hutu extremist-led government. About 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in Rwanda in what came to be known as the Rwanda genocide. Within just over 100 days, more than 1 million Tutsis and Hutus were killed, mostly by the Hutu army – as well as those who supported them.
According to UNESCO, they are “committed to promote education about genocides as a means to sensitize learners for the causes, dynamics, and consequences of such crimes and to strengthen their resilience against all forms of discrimination.”