Nyamasheke launches construction of a genocide memorial worth over Rwf 400 million

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 20 January 2017 saa 07:08
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Genocide survivors from Shangi and Bushenge sectors of Nyamasheke district with others from Giheke in Rusizi district have expressed delight as construction of a new genocide memorial launches in Bushenge sector saying the efforts will ensure decent burial of lost relatives, victims of 1994 genocide against Tutsi saying the former memorial was old.

“The completion of this memorial will give us a sense of satisfaction of the resting of our brothers and sisters because the existing memorial was old. Coffins are badly laid and were broken. We requested the district management to help us bury in honor our relatives. Our request was considered and promised a modern memorial to relocate remains of victims. So, we are happy for the beginning of construction activities as it will soothe our hearts to see our relatives accorded decent burial,” said Speciose Mukayiranga.

The representative of genocide survivors under Ibuka, Bagirishya Jean Marie Vianney says that more than 13,000 victims are laid in the old memorial which will be relocated as the memorial construction gets completed.

He explained that more 8,000 victims buried in various places will be brought at the modern memorial under construction.

The vice mayor of Nyamasheke district in charge of social welfare, Mukamana Claudette said that construction of the memorial will be completed within 12
months.

The memorial of which construction activities have started in Gashirabwoba locality of Bushenge sector will cost Rwf 408 million to be completed.

It will incorporate various segments including a place reserved for laying bodies, exhibition of genocide history in these sectors and a library.

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The existing memorial where more than 13,000 genocide victims are laid.
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The master plan of new memorial under construction

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