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19.04.2017 16:39 Age: 65 days

Important sites of massacres of Tutsi in different areas of Rwanda on 19th April 1994 and RPA military operations to stop the Genocide

·   In the commune of Taba, led by Jean Paul Akayesu who was the first to be convicted of the crime of Genocide, there was a hub of political parties like MRD, MRND, and PSD. The Genocide was preceded by conflicts between MDR and PSD. At the time, terrorist acts were carried out on daylight. When Interahamwe started their training, they used to throw grenades in the river of Nyabarongo, competing to shoot hippopotamus. After the meeting that president Sindikubwabo and Prime Minister Kambanda held with all the bourgoumestres of the communes making up Gitarama prefecture, at the evening of the same day, the bourgoumestres held meetings in their respective communes to incite people to kill the Tutsi. Bourgumestre Akayesu held a meeting in Rukoma in which Tutsi were excluded.  In the commune of Taba, the Genocide was led by bourgumestre Akayesu, Silas Kubwimana (an Enterpreneur) and Interahamwe of Gihinga. These Interahamwe of Gihinga are also the ones who killed the Tutsi who had fled to Kigese Health Centre and the Tutsi who were trying to flee to Kabgayi. They also killed the Tutsi of Mugina. Among other notorious killers include Munyandamutsa who was better known as Rutuku who was a butcher and Daniel Gisimba who was a teacher at Gihinga. The Tutsi of Kamonyi will never forget the refugees of Nyacyonga who encamped at the Nyamugari hill and in the Centre of Kamonyi .Those refuges were involved in the killings of the Tutsi who were in those places. Those refugees are the ones who killed 12 nuns who were leaving Kigali (Umushumba mwiza monastery).They were massacred in the cell of Shenga that was headed by Innocent Karekezi. Kamonyi had been overawed by Interahamwe who had fled different areas captured by RPF. The Genocide in Kamonyi was stopped on the fourth of July 1994.  Until now, there are 47278 well documented victims of the Genocide in Kamonyi. 

·        Over 7600 Tutsi who had fled to the school near the Kansi catholic parish were killed as father Walgorisky of the Pallotin congregation had refused them asylum in the church telling them that both God and the church had delivered them. This was after Interahamwe had spread rumors that Col. Augustin Ndindiriyimana, a native of Kansi and chief of staff of the National gendarmerie had been killed by RPF troops.  That day, after Interahamwe had massacred all those Tutsi, father Walgorisky requested Interahamwe and civilians to dig mass graves and throw in the dead bodies. He rewarded them food and beverages. 

·        The Tutsi who had fled to the parish of Musebeya in Nyaruguru were killed. 

·      At Hotel Faucon in Butare, the first area where a roadblock was set in Butare, Prof Karenzi who was a lecturer at the National University of Rwanda and then the next day Jean Baptiste Habyarimana who was the prefect of Butare.  The Genocide in Butare started after the speech of President Sindikubwabo warning the Hutu who had refused to kill the Tutsi that they would be killed too.  That day, lecturers, students and other Tutsi staff of the National University of Rwanda were targeted by the Genocide.    

·       After president Sindikubwabo’s visit to the National University of Rwanda in the faculty of Medicine, it’s when the massacres heightened. The soldiers from ESSO and Interahamwe killed with extreme savageness the nurses, sick-keepers and other Tutsi who had fled to the University Teaching Hospital of Butare (CHUB).

·        There were massacres of Tutsi in Nkomane in Nyaruguru district. 

·  Interahamwe attacked the Tutsi who had fled to the commune of Muko in Gikongoro and killed only men and young men telling women and children that they would come back later to kill them.  

·  UNAMIR troops declared that 45 people had been killed and 114 others wounded after government troops had shelled the National Stadium Amahoro.

·        There were massacres of the Tutsi of Nzahaha in Nyenji.

·  Massacres of Tutsi of Gatsibo in Nkaka (Cyangugu) they were killed at the catholic Parish of Nkaka.

·        Massacres of Tutsi Gikundamvura (Kizura)

·        Massacres of Tutsi Rangiro in Nyamasheke they were killed at their homes.


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