Remains of 120 Rwandan genocide victims found

Rwandan genocide

The remains of the 120 victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide have been reported found by the Local Authorities and residents, survivors’ association said.

The victims were said to be buried in a mass grave on the outskirts of the capital Kigali.

While speaking on Monday to local media, Theogene Kabagambire, head of the association of genocide survivors in Gasabo district, said several Rwandans who lived the site in Rusororo sector at Gasabo district sold the land off and relocated after suspecting that a mass grave was located in the neighbourhood.

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

Residents had dug up to more than 20 meters deep to exhume the remains, he said, adding that survivors would identify their dead loved ones by examining their clothes.

He faulted the Rwandan 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 an air crash, swiftly triggering a three-month-long genocide.

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

The genocide has remained one of the unfortunate moments in the history of Rwandan.

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