On his first leg of his Rwanda trip, on Sunday, Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Ahmad Ahmad, paid a memorable visit to the Kigali Memorial Center.
The African football boss visit allowed him to have a first-hand sense of the horrors of the past that led to the 1994 genocide at the site where over 250,000 people among them 27 players and staff of local football giants Rayon Sports FC as well as thousands of fans are buried in a permanent memorial which serves as a place for people to grieve those they lost.
Ahmad was accompanied by FERWAFA president Nzamwita Vincent, Largadere Director Idrissa Akki, Celestin Musabyimana, and Organising Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations Member, CAF Advisor Hedi Hamel and Ferwafa Executive Committee members among others.
The CAF boss and his team laid wreath and paid their respects to the victims of the genocide. A visibly touched Ahmad, listened carefully to the explanation offered as he then took a quiet tour of the exhibition to reflect on the long history that led to the 1994 genocide before signing the visitors book.
At the end of the center visit he addressed the waiting media, stating that,” These are sad memories that we should let the next generation to know and such kind of acts to never happen again. We join hands with Rwandans who lost their loved ones during this tragic 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. We must jointly ensure that there is a better future for those who survived and for the generations to come. May the souls of victims of the genocide give hope to a rejuvenated Rwanda,”as quoted on Ferwafa press release.
The CAF boss donated $2000 towards the memorial center to help them in the maintenance of the center and in their campaign of continuous genocide prevention and the fight against genocidal ideologies.
Ahmad will later today grace the African Union of Broadcasting Forum where he will be the guest speaker.