Genocide: Rulindo Graves Evoke Painful Memories of 18,600 Tutsi Victims


search geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The flame will return to Kigali on 7 April 2014, the start of the national mourning period and twenty years since the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

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The survivor of the genocide Célestin Nsengiyumva gave testimony on how she miraculously remained alive amidst widespread killings of Tutsi.

Another testimony of unity was given by genocide perpetrator Eric Ngarambe, 44.

At the time of the genocide in Rwanda, Eric was 24 years old and was trained as part of the Interahamwe militia in Shyorongi.

He confessed being responsible for killing Tutsi at the Pentecostal church using a gun, grenades, stones and machetes.

Eric also recounts attempting to save three children during the 1994 genocide but not being able to stop his fellow militiamen. A poem by primary school student Olive Uwambajimana, 11, was read at today’s event.

Rulindo District is composed of former Tare, Mbogo, Rutongo, Shyorongi, Tumba and Mugambazi communes of Kigali Ngali and Kinihira, Buyoga, Cyungo communes of Byumba Prefecture.

The killing of Tutsi began in 1991 at which time the homes of Tutsi were also burnt. This was supervised by Major Stanislas Kimonyo, local mayors as well as Matthieu Ngirumpatse, MRND Chairman and originally from Rutongo District.

When genocide started in 1994, Tutsi fled to the commune administrative offices in the hope that local leaders would protect them.

No refuge was provided and many were killed there as well as at Rusiga Pentecostal church and Rulindo Catholic Church.

Rulindo has around 18,600 Tutsi victims buried at nine genocide memorials in the district.

Today’s event was hosted by Mayor Justus Kangwage and reflected on the events of the genocide in 1994 as well as the journey of Rulindo and Rwanda since.

The special guest was Hon. Venantia Tugireyezu, Minister in the Office of the President. The Flame of Remembrance was received from Gakenke District by two 20-year-old students, Elizabeth Irakunda and Pierre Hitayezu.

A children’s choir from Kiyanza Secondary School sung ‘Urumuri Rutazima’ to welcome the flame.

On returning to Kigali, President Kagame will use the Kwibuka Flame to light the National Flame of Mourning.

The flame will also be the source of the fire used at the candlelit vigil at Amahoro Stadium on the evening of 7 April 2014.

The Kwibuka Flame symbolises remembrance as well as the resilience and courage of Rwandans over the past twenty years.

Carried in a simple lamp, the flame is being used to light other lamps in communities around Rwanda.


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