The launch of Kwibuka20 was marked by the lighting of Urumuri Rutazima (Kwibuka Flame) that has now travelled through Rwanda’s thirty districts before reaching Kigali on 7 April 2014, the start of the national mourning period. The flame symbolises remembrance as well as the resilience and courage of Rwandans over the past twenty years.
Carried in a simple lamp, it has been used to light other lamps in communities around Rwanda. To mark the 20th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi, all memorial fires throughout the country will stem from this single Kwibuka Flame.
On returning to Kigali, President Paul Kagame used the Kwibuka Flame to light the National Flame of Mourning. This took place on 7 April 2014, marking the official beginning of the national mourning period. The flame was also the source of the fire used at the candlelit vigil at Amahoro Stadium on the evening of 7 April 2014.