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6 December 2013
Kigali, Rwanda, December 6, 2013- FIVB President Ary Graça Filho visited Kigali Genocide memorial where he laid the wreath upon the burials of the victims of the famous incidents in 1994.
Graça was accompanied by FIVB first vice President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz as they are in Kigali to attend the CAVB Congress due to start at Serena hotel on Saturday December 7.
FIVB President had a detailed information about one of the worst incidents in the world and had a tour in the Museum where he was informed by the guides, how Rwanda came back of these bad moments to become one of the best African countries in Africa.
Rwanda had difficult days in their recent history. In 1994 they had disastrous events throughout 3 months in what is known as “Rwanda Genocide”. Now they are still trying to bounce back in all activities where volleyball was also there to celebrate the memorial of the Genocide through annual volleyball competition.
Over 46 people belong to volleyball including players, coaches, and administrators, were killed during the 1994 Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi.
With a new government in place after Genocide, a wind of change was blowing across the country’s playing fields. This government believed that sport and mainly volleyball could play an important part in rebuilding the country as volleyball can contribute to reconciliation, to the cultivation of a feeling of national unity. Sports unite people.”
Volleyball has been assigned an important role in primary school education and village life. lt is hoped that this will help young people traumatised by the events of 1994 once again find enjoyment in their lives and promote friendship amongst children from primary school and village level.
After 19 years of the disaster U 19 and U 21 volleyball teams have participated not only on the level of African Championship but also on the World championship. 80% of the players were born during and after the Genocide.
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