- July 14, 2023
A special moment unfolded in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 6, 2023, as diplomats, US government officials, friends of Rwanda, and Rwandans gathered to celebrate the 29th anniversary of Rwanda’s Liberation.
This was a time to look back on the struggle for freedom and the impressive progress that Rwanda has made.
Ambassador of Rwanda to the United States, H.E Mathilde Mukantabana provided attendees with a comprehensive overview of Rwanda’s remarkable progress over the last 29 years. Supported by factual data, she highlighted advancements in key sectors like health, education, and more, and emphasized the instrumental role of exceptional leadership in realizing these remarkable achievements.
“These milestones are not just statistics designed to impress; rather they are the tangible outcome of hard work and a unified sense of purpose among Rwanda’s leadership and its citizens.”
Ambassador Mathilde expressed gratitude to the government of the United States of America for its unwavering support to Rwanda: “The United States has stood on our side, as a trustworthy partner through various administrations and has made major contributions in our Health Sector, Technology, Education, Peacekeeping, and the Extension of AGOA, just to name a few.” She added that the evolving relationship was exemplified by recent Congressional Staff visits to Rwanda through the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange known as ‘MECEA’.
In his remarks, the Dean of African Ambassadors, H.E Serge Mombouli commended Rwandans for what they have achieved over the last 29 years: “According to many people including international observers you have been doing well in consideration of where you came from.”
Ms. Cathy Rwivanga, VP of Rwandan Community in the US, highlighted the contribution of the diaspora in Rwanda’s rebuilding: “the Rwandan diaspora and friends of Rwanda have been pillars of strength. They have stood by us during our recovery and transformation process”
The celebration of Rwanda’s liberation day in Washington D.C was graced by Ambassadors and diplomats representing their respective countries,defense attaches, and US government officials including State Department, Pentagon representatives, congressional members, and members of the media.
Attendees enjoyed the energetic and colorful performances of Rwandan traditional dancers, who shared the vibrant culture of Rwanda.
The atmosphere was filled with joy as attendees sang along to the uplifting songs of liberation.