United on the Day of German Unity
With approx. 450 guests the German Embassy has celebrated the Day of German Unity commemorating Germany’s reunification on 3 October 1990.
Ambassador Dr. Thomas Kurz and Dr. Andrea Roller-Kurz hosted the reception at their residence. Together with his team the Ambassador had the pleasure to welcome the Rwandan Guest of Honour Dr. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, and a German delegation headed by Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, and the parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation, Dr. Maria Flachsbarth.
Green Hills Academy High School band provided a festive opening of the evening with the anthems of the two countries. In the welcoming address, Mrs. Charlotte Renate Lehner, Chargée d'Affaires at the German Embassy, emphasized the special relationship between Germany and Rwanda and underlined the mutual trust. In his speech Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn then referred to the parallels in German and Rwandan history and coping with the past. According to Minister Spahn avoiding the division of societies is a common lesson of the two countries.
In his speech Minister Biruta pointed out that in the past two months four ministers and a delegation of the German parliament visited Rwanda which highlights the good relations both countries foster. After the speeches partners and friends had the chance to taste German delicacies such as Maultaschen, Käsespätzle, Bratwurst and Leberkäse (meatloaf).
2019 also marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, thus giving particular importance to the event. It was on 9 November 1989 that the Berlin Wall came down, allowing people from East and West to hug and cheer. Less than a year later on 3 October 1990 Germany was reunited.