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Huye: Over 40,000 Tutsi killed in Simbi church commemorated

By IGIHE
On 20 April 2021 at 10:29

Huye district has commemorated over 40,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi killed inside Simbi Catholic Church and its surroundings. During the ceremony held on Sunday at Simbi Parish, seven remains of genocide victims exhumed recently were accorded decent burial.

They were killed after the interim President, Théodore Sindikubwabo, held a hate speech in the area mobilizing Interahamwe militia to kill Tutsi.

Patricie Mukaruyonza, a genocide survivor has revealed that Sindikubwabo’s speech was the trigger of Tutsi killings in the area.

“Sindikubwabo held a speech telling Interahamwe that no one should escape them. He said’ they wanted future generations to ask how Tutsi looked like’. That is when the situation worsened in this area when a President dared pronouncing such words instead of saving people,” she said.

After Sindikubwabo’s speech, Mukaruyonza explained, Interahamwe stormed the area, burnt Tutsi inside the church as they fired bullets along with soldiers.

Tutsi killed at Simbi Parish located in former Commune Maraba had come from neighboring communes and former Prefecture Gikongoro.

27 years after Genocide against Tutsi, survivors in Simbi and Maraba sectors are grateful for the visionary leadership that stopped it.

They also advise the youth to stay awake and desist people that continue to fuel genocide ideology.

“Our children are taught to distinguish right from wrong, stand against people misleading them because some of youth are nowadays trivializing Genocide. Most of them are trying to conceal their parents’ role in Genocide. They are spreading what they were taught. That is another challenge we are still facing but we shall win,” Aphrodis Nsengimana.

The President of Ibuka, organization umbrella organization of Genocide survivors in Huye district, Théodate Siboyintore has said that people fueling genocide ideology continue hurt survivors.

“We have recorded two cases in Simbi. These include abusive words to genocide survivors. There is another case in Mukura where someone cut down bananas of a
genocide survivor and threatened him that he is the next to be stabbed. This evidences that genocide ideology is persistent in communities,” he revealed.

During the ceremony held on Sunday at Simbi Parish, seven remains of genocide victims exhumed recently were accorded decent burial.

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