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Nyarugenge residents urged to reveal whereabouts of more remains of Genocide victims

By IGIHE
On 5 April 2021 at 10:30

Nyarugenge district officials have asked residents to reveal whereabouts victims of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi are dumped to be accorded decent burial.

The district has made the call few days before the beginning of the 27th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

The mobilization to remind residents to provide information comes few days after remains of 150 genocide victims were exhumed at a home of former EX-FAR militiaman from three mass graves in Nyamirambo upon tip off from a resident.

It is said that the resident revealed whereabouts these victims are dumped after clashes with the family whose compounds contained the remains.

Following the revelation that some people are not willing to tell the truth, Nyarugeneg district has delegated unity and reconciliation committee at village level with responsibilities to analyze barriers hindering unity and reconciliation efforts.

The executive secretary of Nyarugenge district, Ngabonziza Emmy has told IGIHE that they are requesting residents to provide information so that remains of genocide victims can be buried decently and facilitate unity and reconciliation.

“Residents should understand that it is the responsibility of every Rwandan to tell the truth to contribute to unity and reconciliation efforts. They should feel at ease to reveal whereabouts remains of genocide victims are dumped to be buried because it won’t threaten their security,” he said.

Ngabonziza explained that withholding information on where victims are dumped is a barrier to unity and reconciliation because relatives always feel shocked.

“It facilitates forgiveness when people feel free to reveal such information. During the recent meeting with Ibuka representatives from district to sector levels, it was observed that genocide survivors are ready to forgive but they need to know who they should forgive. However, withholding information is still a barrier,” he said.

One of genocide survivors in Nyakabanda sector who spoke to IGIHE on condition of anonymity said that unity and reconciliation can’t be attained to the maximum if people are still reluctant to reveal information.

“We are ready to forgive those who take steps forward to reveal whereabouts victims are dumped but how can you forgive someone who keeps quiet yet he/she knows where your relatives were dumped,” he wondered.

The Acting executive secretary of Kigali sector, Ngarambe Wellars has said that mobilization is ongoing to encourage residents to provide information about where more genocide victims were killed and dumped.

“It is a serious problem because that area in former Butamwa is among other places where Tutsis were killed heinously. Tutsis were killed and dumped in River Nyabarongo that relatives could not trace their remains for decent burial. We are however mobilizing residents in collaboration with committees of genocide survivors to reveal whereabouts victims of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi are dumped to be accorded decent burial,” he noted.

Figures show that 45,536 Tutsis were killed in Nyarugenge district.

The mobilization to remind residents to provide information comes few days after remains of 150 genocide victims were exhumed at a home of former EX-FAR militiaman from three mass graves in Nyamirambo upon tip off from a resident.

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