Over the past week, (April 7-13), Rwandans in and outside the country and friends of Rwanda, held different activities to commemorate, for the 23rd time, the over a million victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Despite the official closure of the mourning week on Thursday, the activities will go on for 100 days until July 3, when the Genocide was brought to a halt.
We bring to you the moments that characterised the national mourning week at different memorial sites and how Rwandans abroad paid tribute to the Genocide victims.
Rwandan military and police peacekeepers serving under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, UN and South Sudanese officials, members of the Rwandan community in the country, among others, observe a minute of silence in honour of the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, in the capital Juba, on April 7. Courtesy.
Chief Justice Sam Rugege tours Nyarubuye Genocide Memorial on Saturday last week.
Suzan Nyiranyamibwa performs at the commemoration event at Murambi Genocide memorial on Wednesday.
A candlelight vigil in London on April 7. Courtesy.
Volunteers carry a trauma victim during the commemoration event at Murambi Genocide Memorial, home to some 50,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.. Nadege Imbabazi
Chief of Defence Staff of RDF Gen Patrick Nyamvumba and Inspector General of Police Emmanuel Gasana lay wreaths at Rebero Genocide Memorial on Thursday.
Elderly survivors who were among the Bisesero ‘warriors’ who resisted repeated Interahamwe attacks during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
Umurinzi w’Igihango Silas Ntamfurayishyari shares his testimony. He saved lives of some Tutsi in Bugesera during the Genocide against the Tutsi. Sam Ngendahimana.
Photos of children killed at Murambi in 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Sam Ngendahimana.
Some of the belongings of the victims of the Genocide killed in Nyarubuye Catholic Church. N. Imbabazi
The youth keeping a night vigil for Genocide victims held on April 7 at Amahoro National Stadium in Remera, Kigali. Urugwiro Village.
Mourners listen to a survivor’s testimony at Ntarama Genocide memorial on April 9. A comemmorative event was held there on Wednesday. Sam Ngendahimana.