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Kwibuka27: decent burial of 101 bodies of genocide victims in Ruhango memorial

On Sunday 25th April 2021, in Ruhango District’s genocide memorial site, 101 bodies of victims of the genocide against the Tutsi were accorded decent burial.  The bodies includes both newly recovered and relocated bodies from Bweramana Sector (98), Ruhango Sector (2) and Kabagari Sector (1).

 Seleman Mugabo who gave a lecture in which testimonies were incorporated said that the genocide had a particularity in Ruhango because most of the bourgoumestres of the communes that were merged into the Ruhango District were involved in the genocide and incited the population to commit it. The other particularity is that the killers ate the hearts of the victims in Kinazi, former Ntongwe commune.

Mukaruberwa Jeanne d’Arc, president of IBUKA in Ruhango District said that the fact that until today, 27 years later, we still recover the bodies of genocide victims is due to the fact that there are people who deliberately conceal information about where the bodies were thrown.  She urged everyone with such information to provide it so that the bodies are accorded decent burial.

 Valens Habarurema, mayor of Ruhango District said that activities to accord decent burial to genocide victims will continue whenever bodies are recovered or when there are bodies that are indecently buried.

Currently, Ruhango genocide memorial is the final resting place to 20244 bodies  of victims of the genocide against the Tutsi.