Remains of Genocide victims get decent burial

WESTERN PROVINCE

NYAMASHEKE— Remains of 16 victims of the 1994 Rwanda genocide were last week given a befitting burial at Ntendezi Genocide Memorial Site, Ruharambuga sector, in Nyamasheke district.

The bones were collected from Ntendezi cell. Remains of over 1500 victims have been buried at the site over time, according to area local authorities.

Speaking as chief mourner, the Sector Executive Secretary, Zachariah Twagirayezu castigated the former regime for sowing seeds of discord among Rwandans, which led to the Genocide.

Twagirayezu urged those who were present to always help vulnerable genocide survivors and to support the government in fighting against genocide ideology,   by reporting those still harboring the vice to security organs.

“We should always aim at providing support to vulnerable genocide survivors in this region because they lost their family members and relatives,” Said Twagirayezu.

Maj. Nelson Rwigema, the RDF commander of 157 battalion warned residents against harassing genocide survivors and gacaca witnesses. 

Athanase Nshimyumurwa, the area president of IBUKA, an umbrella for genocide survivors said that there are more remains of genocide victims which have not been discovered and called upon all residents to help in the search for them.

Appealing to leaders for support, Nshimyumurwa said that there are remains of other genocide victims yet to be accorded decent burial.

The burial ceremony that was organised by Ruharambuga sector authorities and genocide survivors was attended by multitudes of mourners including legislators; Marie Josee Kankera, Espirance Mwiza, Judith Kanakuze and Jovan Renzaho.  

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