Sweden has praised Rwanda for managing a transition from the darkest stage of genocide that claimed more than 500,000 lives in the African country to becoming one of the fast growing economies on the continent.
The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda, which took place between 7 April and 15 July 1994 during the Rwandan Civil War.
During the official liberation celebration held in Sweden and hosted by the Rwandan embassy, the second Deputy Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Lotta J. Fornarve commended the progress made in Rwanda on many fronts.
Fornarve congratulated the people of Rwanda for the achievements registered over the past 25 years.
Several people attended the event at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress centre and included the friends of Rwanda, diplomats and representatives from the Swedish government.
Rwandan Ambassador to the Nordic countries, Christine Nkulikiyinka said Rwanda’s Liberation, is a day that is profoundly cherished and celebrated by all Rwandans, owing to the freedoms that were ushered in by the liberation.
“We will eternally be thankful to the women and men who fought to liberate our country, so we could one day have peace and unity at home, in Rwanda,” she said, paying a special tribute to the young men and women of Rwanda Patriotic Army, who liberated the country.
The envoy said that currently, Rwandans are proud to have a country that values its citizens, their rights and striving to provide the quality of life they deserve.
She called on Rwandans to defend the progress made over the past 25 years, while working hard to deliver the country to middle-income status and beyond.
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She thanked the Swedish government for standing with Rwandans in their efforts to build a country they are proud of.