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11.08.2017 16:00 Age: 7 days

Ngororero: Nyange Genocide Memorial handed over to the CNLG

Ngororero: Nyange Genocide Memorial handed over to the CNLG


As approved by the Cabinet Meeting held on Wednesday, 5th April 2017 that Nyange and Rebero Genocide Memorials be upgraded to National Level.

As provided for by the law no 15/2016 of 02/05/2016 governing ceremonies to commemorate the genocide against the Tutsi and organization and management of memorial sites for the genocide against the Tutsi, the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) in collaboration with the District where a memorial site for the Genocide against the Tutsi at the national level is located are responsible for its management.

On 10th August 2017, at Nyange Genocide memorial site located in Ngororero District, Nyange Sector, Nsibo Cell, Nyarusange Village, an event to hand over Nyange Genocide Memorial to the CNLG was between Ngororero District and CNLG. Ngororero District was represented by the vice Mayor in charge of social affairs Janvier Kuradusenge while the CNLG was represented by Philbert Rutagengwa, advisor to the Executive Secretary of the CNLG.

The event encompassed the tour of the memorial in which 7720 are laid to rest. After visiting the memorial the participants of the event examined the content of the hand over document before inking it.

The Ngororero District agreed to continue the supervision of the accomplishment of the contract it signed with the entrepreneur who built the memorial so that all required construction activities on the memorial shall be carried out including rehabilitation of damages that can appear before the final hand over. It was also tasked to continue to register the land title on CNLG and provide it within three months.

About Nyange Genocide Memorial

The Nyange Genocide Memorial was created on 16th April 1996 and is located in what used to be the Catholic Church of Nyange, where almost 2,000 people were killed after they had come to seek refuge during the Genocide. In fact, those victims had been lured to the church by Father Athanase Seromba, who is serving his life sentence at Akpro-Missérété prison at Porto-Novo, Benin.

 It has recently been upgraded to national level by the Cabinet Meeting held on Wednesday, 5th April 2017.

The particularity of Nyange Genocide memorial in Ngororero District is that Tutsi fled to the Catholic Church and tried to resist the attacks. And when it was realized that it was not easy to reach them, Father Athanase Seromba, the Vicar, ordered Interahamwe militia to raze the church (with a bulldozer) which collapsed on the refugees.