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INI Students Observe Anniversary of Genocide

April 14, 2009

On April 7 in Silicon Valley, students from the Information Networking Institute (INI) held a commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda. About 40 people participated in a moving ceremony, led by a Rwandan graduate student, Alain Kajangwe (MSIT), as master of ceremonies. Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the INI, spoke, and Dr. Martin Griss, associate dean for research at Silicon Valley, said a prayer for the victims of the Jewish genocide. Innocent Habiyaremye (MSIT), another Rwandan graduate student, gave a reading.

"We, students from Rwanda, are very much pleased by and thankful for the INI administration and the entire Carnegie Mellon community support and solidarity," Habiyaremye said. "As we reflect on the tragic events that happened in Rwanda 15 years ago, let's not forget that there are people out there who still have genocide ideologies and continue to deny that it has happened. There are nations that refuse to recognize the world moral responsibilities during those days as well."

Habiyaremye said Rwandans experienced what was documented as the worst genocide of the 20th century. Out of a population of 7.3 million people in 1994, at least one estimate reports as many as 1,174,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed over 100 days.

"Let us all together say in unison, never again," said Habiyaremye.

INI Students from Rwanda with Dena Haritos Tsamitis

 

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