Kicukiro: Rwanda Army Rescued Tutsis From Mass Massacre


viagra sale geneva; color: #222222;”>The flame will return to the Kigali page geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Genocide Memorial on April 7, seek 2014, the start of the national mourning period and twenty years since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Yesterday’s event was hosted by Mayor of Kicukiro Paul Jules Ndamage and reflected on the events of the 1994 genocide as well as the journey of unity and renewal in Kicukiro and Rwanda since.

The Flame of Remembrance was received from Gasabo District by two 20 years olds, Polline Gahizi and Emmanuel Tuyishime.

A children’s choir from St Patricks and Authentic Primary School performed the Urumuri Rutazima song to welcome the flame.

The special guest was the Minister of Sports and Culture, Hon. Protais Mitali. Lt-Col (retired) Jean Loup Denblyden – former Belgian military and Maj-Gen (retired) Henry Kwami Anyidoho – former UNAMIR Deputy Commander also spoke.

Survivor of the massacres at Kicukiro, Venuste Karasira, gave testimony about how UN troops abandoned them and how they were forced to march to Nyanza ya Kicukiro to be killed.

Dominic Mukeshimana, a perpetrator, gave a testimony of unity.

During the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, mass killings in Kicukiro took place in Nyanza ya Kicukiro, Gikondo, Gahanga, Gatenga and Kanombe.

The area is well known because of the UN withdrawal in April 1994, a symbol of Rwanda’s abandonment by the international community.

Those who were killed at Nyanza ya Kicukiro were brought from ETO Kicukiro, a UN military camp.

Between 3,500-5,000 Tutsi took refuge there when the genocide started and were inside with UN peacekeepers from Belgium.

Outside militia attempted to attack the camp.

On 11 April 1994, the Belgian troops left ETO Kicukiro. Young Tutsi kneeled in front of the vehicles, pleading with them to stay.

But the troops shot in the air and drove away.

The departure of the UNAMIR troops was done simultaneously with the entry of soldiers of the genocidal government and Interahamwe militia.

The government soldiers and militia took the Tutsi to Sonatube where the Mayor of the city, Lt Col Tharcisse Renzaho, ordered that they instead be taken to Nyanza and killed from there because Sonatube was too visible as it was along the road to the airport.

In heavy rain, starved Tutsi were forced to march to Nyanza. Those too weak to march were killed on the way.

When they arrived at Nyanza, the militia ensured that no Hutu were among the group, asking for them to identify themselves with their ID cards.

Then the mass killing begun. The militia and soldier shot and threw grenades at the Tutsi.

Afterwards, they used machetes to kill the Tutsi.

The next morning they attempted to finish the slaughter but were stopped by the Rwandan Patriotic Army who rescued the few who had survived the massacre.

Kicukiro District has six genocide memorials, among them Nyanza ya Kicukiro where the Tutsi who were abandoned by UN troops are buried.

There are a total of approximately 11,000 victims who have been laid to rest there.

At the Rebero Genocide Memorial 14,000 victims are buried with the politicians who were killed during the genocide.

The closing of the week of mourning will take place at Rebero on April 13, 2014.


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