International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust in NairobiTirus Wainaina
27 January: UNIC Nairobi in partnership with the Israeli Embassy in Kenya brought together 730 students from 17 Kenyan Universities to commemorate the 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day, at the United Nations Offices at Nairobi (UNON). The students were joined by over 100 diplomats accredited to UNEP and UN Habitat.
Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kaycira, the Deputy Executive-Director of UN Habitat represented the UN and read the UN Secretary-General’s statement at a somber ceremony where six candles were lit at the start of the event. All attending received a white rose that were all laid at the dais representing a wreath in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
The German Ambassador, Mrs. Jutta Frasch, the Israeli Ambassador, Yahel Vilan and the European Union Ambassador, Stefano A. Dejak spoke at the event to give perspective of what happened and what we should learn from the horrors and tragedies out of the Second World War. The Kenyan Ambassador to UN Habitat spoke on behalf of the Kenyan Government to conclude the first phase of the event.
The second phase was led by the Israeli Deputy Ambassador, Micheal Baror following screening of a 25 minutes documentary entitled “The last Korzac Boy” that was followed by an hour of intense interactive session. The European Union Ambassador joined the highly informative discussion. Students from various campuses asked relevant questions that were competently and comprehensively answered by the two distinguished diplomats.
The Israeli embassy and UNIC mounted an exhibition which was on display for a week. The event was well attended and all expressed satisfaction with the organization and the proceeding thereof.