Remains of 200 genocide victims get decent burial

RWAMAGANA - Over 200 bodies of genocide victims were on Tuesday given a befitting burial at Mwurire genocide site in Rwamgana district during the wrap up of commemoration activities. The site already had over 25,000 bodies. Mwurire is one of the sectors in Rwamagana where many Tutsi were killed during the genocide. 
Governor Kabaija (second right on front row) leads hundreds to lay wreaths at Mwurile genocide cemetery. (Photo: S. Rwembeho)
Governor Kabaija (second right on front row) leads hundreds to lay wreaths at Mwurile genocide cemetery. (Photo: S. Rwembeho)

RWAMAGANA - Over 200 bodies of genocide victims were on Tuesday given a befitting burial at Mwurire genocide site in Rwamgana district during the wrap up of commemoration activities.

The site already had over 25,000 bodies. Mwurire is one of the sectors in Rwamagana where many Tutsi were killed during the genocide. 

At the burial ceremony, Dr. Ephraim Kabaija, the Governor of Eastern Province, said that the torture and senseless murder of the Tutsi, exhibited a primitive ideology of the highest order. 

The Governor said that it is absurd that there are some people who think that the Genocide can occur again, assuring  residents that the government will never give them room.

A representative of Ibuka who gave his name only as Sezirahiga, called upon survivors and Rwandans in general to always remember the genocide so as to achieve lasting unity. 

Pierre Gahindura, a survivor said that commemorations are important as they remind Rwandans of the tragedy that befell the country. 

He recalled how the victims in Mwurire suffered gruesome murder at the hands of the militias and government soldiers. 

“They attacked us time and again…we only had stones at our disposal to fight armed militias,” he said.

“We remained on the offensive until we were overwhelmed by a big and heavily armed force. Children and women were the first to be killed, followed by men. We will never forget the tragedy.” 

The reburial ceremonies were also attended by clergymen from Tanzania, who said that they came to know of the killings when they saw bodies floating on Lake Kagera.

Ends

 

Have Your SayLeave a comment