One Day without genocide – is it realistic?

To mark the 27th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, we hosted a thought-provoking online discussion about whether a world without genocide is possible.

One Day without genocide – is it realistic?

We were joined by people from around the world, who heard from expert panellists that spoke powerfully about how we can learn from the horrors of genocide for a better future. The question and answer session was chaired by our Senior Communications Officer, Farayi Mungazi, who took questions from attendees.

About the speakers:

H.E. Yamina Karitanyi: High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda to the UK

Dr Mukesh Kapila CBE: As head of the United Nations mission in Sudan (2003-2004), he brought the atrocities in Darfur to the world’s attention

Antoinete Mutabazi: a survivor of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

Laura Marks OBE: Chair of the board of Trustees for Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Olivia Marks-Woldman OBE: Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

When reflecting on whether a world without genocide is possible, Dr Mukesh Kapila said:

There will be violence. There will be armed conflicts. But we can certainly do a lot more in ensuring that limits are given to them. In that sense I’m very optimistic that the days when we had a million people killed in Rwanda, on literally an industrial scale, those days may perhaps be less and less possible in the future. Although it’s not to say that genocidal acts will not take place.

Watch the full discussion in the video below.

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