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Rwandan President Paul Kagame starts off a week of commemoration activities by lighting a remembrance flame at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where more than 250,000 victims are believed to be buried. Rwanda begins 100 days of mourning for more than 800,000 people slaughtered in the genocide, a quarter of a century on from the day it began.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame and world leaders take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where more than 250,000 victims are believed to be buried, as they commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide.
Highlights of this day in history: Civil war erupts in Rwanda; NY audience previews long-distance television; Auto pioneer Henry Ford dies in Dearborn, Mich.;Singer Billie Holiday, known as “Lady Day” is born in Philadelphia. (April 7)
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This week on Africa Weekly, we meet some of the Rwandans working tirelessly for reconciliation, 25 years after the country’s genocide, and we travel to a camp in Rwanda where former militiamen who took part in the killings have returned after years in exile. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
French President Emmanuel Macron meets with representatives of Ibuka, a group supporting survivors of the Rwandan genocide, a day after coming under fire for skipping commemorations this weekend. IMAGES
Young Rwandans, born during the 1994 genocide or soon after, speak of how this traumatic period has cast a shadow over their lives, despite the fact that they did not directly experience it. The two-thirds of the population born in the wake of the slaughter face a burden of their own, having grown up in the shadow of unspeakable atrocities, and carrying the weight of expectations of a brighter future.
Reconciliation in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide has come about in part due to state policy, but also thanks to the courage of certain individuals who have been able to reach out across divides. Thomas is one such individual, a member of the persecuted Tutsi minority who has worked tirelessly for reconciliation in his village.
At a camp beneath mist-shrouded volcanoes, dozens of men wander around, pondering their future lives. Some of these ex-militiamen took part in the killings during Rwanda’s horrific 1994 genocide against the Tutsi minority. They have now returned to Rwanda after years in exile, and live in a camp in order to become safely reintegrated into society.
For years, the residents of the Giheta and Ruseke lived peacefully, sharing the same water source between the two villages. The horrors of the 1994 genocide changed all that, as Rwanda spiralled into horrific violence. 25 years on, the water source is bringing the once-divided villagers back together – a source of life and of reconciliation.