Remains of genocide victims found in new mass grave in Rwandan Capital

genocide victims found in new mass grave

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About 120 remain of victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide have been found by Local Authorities and residents in a mass grave on the outskirts of the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

Residents had dug up to more than 20 meters deep to exhume the remains, Theogene Kabagambire,  the head of the survivors association in the district said.

The site in Rusororo sector at Gasabo district is located in a residential neighbourhood, where several Rwandans after the genocide lived but sold the land off and relocated after suspecting that there is a mass grave.

The victims could have been led to the particular killing field in the guise of taking them for protection, said Kabagambire.

He faulted genocide perpetrators for concealing information about the mass grave for over two decades.

“We are continuing the process of exhumation of the remains to give them a decent burial but there could be other mass graves nearby,’’ said Kabagambire.

On April 6, 1994, then Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana died in a plane crash, swiftly triggering a three-month-long genocide.

The genocide, starting from April 7 claimed an estimated one million Tutsi and moderate Hutus.

Source Xinhua

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