Category Archives: Rwanda

Rwanda’s genocide wounds yet to heal as AU marks 27 of tragedy

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A number of diplomats from the African Union and Western countries are meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to mark the 27th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide.

April 7, is dedicated as a day of remembrance of the victims of the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 people were slaughtered by ethnic Hutu extremists within a period of 100 days. The killers were targeting members of the minority Tutsi community, as well as their political opponents, irrespective of their ethnic origin.

Rwandans react to report on France’s 1994 genocide role

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Rwandans visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial react to the publication of a report Friday on France’s role in their nation’s 1994 genocidal atrocity against the Tutsi ethnic group.

The report — based on research led by historian Vincent Duclert, concludes there had been a “failure” on the part of France under former leader Francois Mitterrand.

Jean Dushimimana, a visitor at the museum, appears to have mixed feelings.

“There is nothing that the French can do to pay back for what they did (in the genocide) but what I would say is that maybe they could do something for the victims and the survivors who are still suffering from the effects of the genocide to help them improve their lives.”