Derek Twigg MP met Sophie, a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, at the launch event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014.
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated each year on 27 January – the liberation of the Auschwitz death and concentration camp. HMD provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides (in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur) and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust promotes and supports HMD activities in the UK. Each year HMDT selects a theme around which HMD activities can focus. The theme for 2014 is Journeys.
Derek spoke to Sophie about her journey to the UK. Sophie escaped several murderous and brutal gangs during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, seeking refuge in the cathedral in the capital Kigali. Sophie survived and escaped Rwanda to live abroad. Over one million people were killed in just 100 days during the Rwandan Genocide.
‘Sophie‘s story is a reminder of the importance of commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day – a day where we share the memory of the millions who were affected by the Holocaust and other genocides. I want to encourage as many people as possible in Halton to mark HMD on 27 January 2014.’
Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said:
‘We were delighted that Derek showed his support for Holocaust Memorial Day. We hope that many more people in Halton will organise events for next year’s HMD – adding to the over 2,000 activities which took place for HMD 2013.’