Rwanda honors politicians killed in genocide

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Youth surround a bonfire during the ?Night Vigil? as part of events to mark the 18th Genocide Commemoration in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, April 7, 2012. Youth use the ?Night Vigil? to remember innocent Tutsis killed in the 1994 genocide. The theme of this year?s anniversary is:
Youth surround a bonfire during the ?Night Vigil? as part of events to mark the 18th Genocide Commemoration in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, April 7, 2012. Youth use the ?Night Vigil? to remember innocent Tutsis killed in the 1994 genocide. The theme of this year?s anniversary is: "Learning from our history to build a bright future". (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya) (cl)

Hundreds of Rwandans on Monday honored politicians who were killed during the 1994 genocide and buried at Mount Rebero in Kicukiro District, Kigali City suburbs.

Youth surround a bonfire during the ?Night Vigil? as part of events to mark the 18th Genocide Commemoration in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, April 7, 2012. Youth use the ?Night Vigil? to remember innocent Tutsis killed in the 1994 genocide. The theme of this year?s anniversary is: "Learning from our history to build a bright future". (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya) (cl)
Youth surround a bonfire during the ?Night Vigil? as part of events to mark the 18th Genocide Commemoration in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, April 7, 2012. Youth use the ?Night Vigil? to remember innocent Tutsis killed in the 1994 genocide. The theme of this year?s anniversary is: “Learning from our history to build a bright future”. (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya) (cl)

The slain politicians were honored at the last day of the national commemoration week which started last week on Tuesday. The last day is dedicated to paying tribute to politicians killed during the genocide.
The event involved visiting Rebero hill in Kigali, where the slain politicians were buried alongside other 14,000 victims of the genocide.
Speaking to reporters, Benard Makuza, president of Rwanda Senate urged Rwandans to continue with the spirit of togetherness, love and peace.
“We are here to celebrate the lives of the lost politicians who fought bad regime to have peaceful and unified Rwanda. It’s time we do away with bad intentions that would take us back to dark days,” he said.
Makuza said that the country was focused on socioeconomic development and promotion of democracy and good governance to further promote unity and social cohesion.
The Senate president called for massive efforts to fight against genocide ideology and revisionism both at home and abroad.
The majority of the 14,000 people were killed and dumped in mass graves at Kigali Central Teaching Hospital and most of them were Tutsi who had sought refuge at the hospital.
Genocide was triggered when a plane carrying the ex-Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana was shot down on April 6, 1994, killing all on board. Rwandan Hutus blamed ethnic Tutsis for the attack and sought immediate revenge.
Hutu extremists used machetes, clubs, blunt objects and other deadly weapons to rape, maim and kill their Tutsi neighbors.
This year’s memorial primarily focuses more on engaging the national and the international community about the issue of genocide denial and revisionism. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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