Rwanda genocide marks 25 years since mass slaughter

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Rwandan first lady Jeannette Kagame and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker light the flame of remembrance at the Kigali Genocide
From left to right, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Rwandan First Lady Jeannette Kagame, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, light the flame of remembrance at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda on Sunday.

Rwanda’s president H.E. Paul Kagame said the country had become “a family once again”, he stated on the due course while marking the 25th anniversary of the genocide that killed over 800,000 people. The Rwanda genocide was against the Tutsi, which led to a mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda during the Rwandan Civil War, which had started in 1990’s

H.E. Paul Kagame, previously commanded the rebel force that ended the 1994 Rwandan genocide which all inturn ended the man slaughter, lit a remembrance flame in the capital Kigali. Most of the travellers can opt to visit the Rwanda Genocide memorials on your Rwanda Safari. Rwandans will now mourn for 100 days, the time it took in 1994 for about a tenth of the country to be massacred.

Most of those who died were minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus, killed by ethnic Hutu extremists. Orphans’ search for family continues up to now, much has now united these comrades to become families again. Hundreds returned from
refugee camps years back from the neighboring countries especially Zaire. The United Nations had set up these camps though they were effectively controlled by the army and government of the former Hutu regime, including many leaders of the genocide.

“In 1994, there was no hope, only darkness,” Mr Kagame told a crowd gathered at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where more than 250,000 victims are thought to be buried. “Today, light radiates from this place. How did it happen? Rwanda became a family once again.”

How is Rwanda remembering?

The commemoration activities began with the flame-lighting ceremony at the memorial. The flame will burn for 100 days. The 61-year-old president, who has led the country since 2000, then delivered a speech at the Kigali Convention Centre. He said the resilience and bravery of the genocide survivors represented the “Rwandan character in its purest form”.

“The arms of our people, intertwined, constitute the pillars of our nation,” he said. “We hold each other up. Our bodies and minds bear amputations and scars, but none of us is alone. “Together, we have woven the tattered threads of our unity into a new tapestry.”

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