Youth surround a bonfire during the ?Night Vigil? as part of events to mark the 18th Genocide Commemoration in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, April 7, 2012. Youth use the ?Night Vigil? to remember innocent Tutsis killed in the 1994 genocide. The theme of this year?s anniversary is:
Youth surround a bonfire during the ?Night Vigil? as part of events to mark the 18th Genocide Commemoration in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, April 7, 2012. Youth use the ?Night Vigil? to remember innocent Tutsis killed in the 1994 genocide. The theme of this year?s anniversary is: "Learning from our history to build a bright future". (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya) (cl)

Burundian citizens Monday commemorated the 21st anniversary of the death of former Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira, who was killed in a plane crash on April 6, 1994, one day before the horrible 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Youth surround a bonfire during the ?Night Vigil? as part of events to mark the 18th Genocide Commemoration in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, April 7, 2012. Youth use  the ?Night Vigil? to remember innocent Tutsis killed in the 1994 genocide. The theme of this year?s anniversary is: "Learning from our history to build a bright future". (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya) (cl)
Youth surround a bonfire during the ?Night Vigil? as part of events to mark the 18th Genocide Commemoration in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, April 7, 2012. Youth use the ?Night Vigil? to remember innocent Tutsis killed in the 1994 genocide. The theme of this year?s anniversary is: “Learning from our history to build a bright future”. (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya) (cl)

Ntaryamira was aboard the presidential jet of former Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana who was coming from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania and preparing to land on Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, when the plane was hit by an unidentified missile.
All top officials aboard the plane died along with the two presidents.
The ceremony was marked by two major events including a mass at Regina Mundi Cathedral in the Burundian capital Bujumbura and the laying of wreaths of flowers on the tomb of Ntaryamira and on tombs of two ministers who died along with him in a plane crash.
During the ceremony, Monsignor Evariste Ngoyagoye, Archbishop of Bujumbura Archdiocese, said the commemoration of Ntaryamira’s death happens one day after Easter, stressing that Christians believe that “death does not have the last word” on people and added that the dead will one day resuscitate.”
He stressed that justice and truth will eternally triumph.

 Rwandan President Paul Kagame (C), participates in ?Walk-to-Remember? during the 18th Genocide Commemoration in Kigali, capital of Rwanda , April 7, 2012. On every Genocide Commemoration, the President participates in the ?Walk-to-Remember?, organised in the afternoon from the Rwandan Parliament to the National Stadium. The theme of this year?s anniversary is: "Learning from our history to build a bright future". (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya) (cl)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame (C), participates in ?Walk-to-Remember? during the 18th Genocide Commemoration in Kigali, capital of Rwanda , April 7, 2012. On every Genocide Commemoration, the President participates in the ?Walk-to-Remember?, organised in the afternoon from the Rwandan Parliament to the National Stadium. The theme of this year?s anniversary is: “Learning from our history to build a bright future”. (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya) (cl)

Ngoyagoye said that the late president was a good man who wanted unity amongst Burundian citizens.
Ntaryamira was a farming engineer and had ruled Burundi for only two months as he was sworn-in as the president of a transition government in the east African nation on Feb. 5, 1994.
21 years after the plane crash, circumstances surrounding the accident have not yet been elucidated. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

Disclaimer: News Ghana is not responsible for the reportage or opinions of contributors published on the website.

Send your news stories to [email protected] and via WhatsApp on +1-508-812-0505 

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.