Remembering Rwanda: 20 years on

On Sunday 6th April CAFOD will join parishes across the country to remember the hundreds of thousands of men, women and children brutally murdered in Rwanda’s genocide 20 years ago.

In 1994, CAFOD helped lead the response and recovery that followed the genocide, supported by £6 million in donations spontaneously sent in by the Catholic community in England and Wales.

CAFOD Director Chris Bain, who worked in refugee camps in what was then Zaire in 1994, has issued a statement marking the anniversary.

CAFOD Brentwood welcomed Simon Nsabiyeze and Odette Kayirere from Rwanda when they visited the UK in 2011. They visited Holy Name and Our Lady Immaculate parishes and also St John Payne School, all in Chelmsford.

Simon and Odette with parishioners

Simon and Odette with parishioners

Odette spoke of how she lost her husband during the genocide and had to hide for days in the forest with her 6 children with little to eat and terrified that they would be found. She thanks God that she and her children survived and now works to help those affected and does this work in honour of the memory of her husband. Read more about Simon and Odette’s visit >>

Simon and Odette with students

Simon and Odette with students

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