September 24, 2019

Remains of Over 80 Genocide Victims Uncovered In A Kigali House

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The compound in Rwezamenyo sector, Nyarugenge district here in Kigali, where the exhumation is taking place

Local officials have since the weekend been exhuming at a site in Rwezamenyo sector, Nyarugenge district, believed to be mass grave for victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.

The site is a compound with houses that belonged to a family some of who survived and currently live in France. A daughter of the house’s owner revealed the site to another genocide survivor.

According to the yet unnamed female witness, dozens of people were brought to the compound during the genocide, but none left.

Local officials and coordinators of survivors umbrella group IBUKA in the area, are at the site conducting the exhumation since Friday last week.

Rutayisire Masengo from IBUKA revealed that initial work has found burnt vehicle tyres buried in the compound together with some remains.

This, according to IBUKA, corroborates with witness testimony that people who were brought to that compound were killed and the militia used tyres in attempt to completely destroy the bodies.

The exhumation is still ongoing as the houses in the compound, which were occupied by tenants unaware of what lay beneath, are being razed to ground. Many more remains are expected to be found.

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