Míde Ní Bhriain organised the remembrance service for us and here she tells us why.
April the 6th marked the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Rwandan Genocide. We here in Comhlámh felt that we needed to create a reflective and silent space to remember those who died and also those still suffering the trauma today.
We set up a group to see what kind of space we could organise and how it should be put together. We felt the Wisdom Centre in Sophia House on Cork Street to be the perfect space to have such a gathering. All felt that it should be a reflective and pensive space to allow people to remember.
The circular meditation room in the wisdom centre proved to be a perfect space for the atmosphere needed. The atmosphere was set off really well with the help of Mark Cummings daughter Hannah and Míde Ní Bhriains two daughters Caitríona and Fíona who did a wonderful job of recreating the map of Rwanda using candles and small stones with mementos from Rwanda on the outline in the centre of the room.
The beautiful haunting music provided by Sive Bresnihan started off the remembrance, it was followed by a beautiful introduction by Mary Sweeney and followed by reflections and poems read by Mark Cumming, Helen Spragg, Míde Ní Bhriain and Lassane Quedraogo with moments of silence in between.
Most poignant was the lighting of candles to remember those who suffered led by Helen Spragg. Those attending where invited to place their lit candle in the centre of the outlined map in the centre of the room and if so wished could name those they wished to remember. It was a very touching and heartfelt moment and felt by all who attended.
Our remembrance ended with some Capacitar led by Louise Keating to help healing to ourselves and others. It marked a lovely end to what was a simple yet powerful gathering. Finally the Three young women who had taken time to create the centrepiece in the room blew out the candles.
All in all it was what we had hoped and more and we in Comhlámh would like to thank all who attended and to those who could not attend but who were there in spirit.
As one of our reflections read: ‘History despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again’.