The Prince of Wales has sent a letter to the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, to mark the 25th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Prince Charles says he will visit Rwanda 25 years after the genocide that claimed the lives of nearly one million people.
The Prince of Wales announced the trip on his Instagram account and included a picture of the letter sent to the country’s president, Paul Kagame.
The message comes on the wake of the anniversary where the commemoration activities began with the flame-lighting ceremony at the memorial. The flame will burn for 100 days.
Recognized as the International Day of Reflection, April 7 begins the national commemoration period with Kwibuka (Remembrance) and concludes with Liberation Day on July 4, marking the 100-day period in 1994 that resulted in nearly one million people killed.
The 61-year-old president, who has led the country since 1994, delivered a speech at the Kigali Convention Centre.
The genocide has cast a long shadow over regeneration and talk of ethnicity remains illegal.
Rwanda has seen huge steps in the stability of the country in recent years with President Kagame’s policies encouraging rapid growth and technological advancement.
He won a third term in office in the most recent election in 2017 with 98.63% of the vote.
Growth remains good – 7.2% in 2018 according to the African Development Bank.