The president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame received today the vice president of Cuba, Salvador Valdes Mesa and the delegation that accompanied him on an official visit, the last stop of the Caribbean leader for some African countries.
According to the presidency of Kigali in the social network “The two countries have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, especially in the education and health sectors,” the publication emphasized.
Previously, the Cuban vice president visited the Genocide Memorial, an installation that shows images of a part of the barbarism experienced by the Rwandan people in just 100 days.
The remains of about 250,000 victims rest in this space that constitutes a reminder of the importance of always protecting the identity of the people, the Presidency of Cuba stated on the same social network.
“A sad passage from Rwanda’s history is recounted at the Kigali Genocide Memorial: more than a million people were killed in 1994, as part of one of the largest known ethnic genocides. I experienced deep emotions there that will mark me for the rest of my life,” the Caribbean leader wrote on the same digital platform.
By signing the visitors’ book, he said that “the Memorial should be a place of reflection, healing and reconciliation, not only for Rwandans but for all people.”
Between 800,000 and one million Rwandans, mostly Tutsis and Hutus of a moderate political nature, were the deadly victims of extremist factions for about three months in 1994, known as a bloody spring.
The official Cuban delegation is also made up of the First Vice Minister of Public Health, Tania Margarita Cruz Hernández, and the Deputy Director General of Bilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ángel Villa Hernández.