On Wednesday, January 8th, 2020, Rubavu district administration started using caterpillar trucks to unearth bodies due to overcoming the challenge of rocky earth at Gisenyi Airport which made it hard to dig the graves.
Ishimwe Pacifique, Rubavu Vice Mayor Social Affairs announced that after they started using caterpillar trucks, the remains of 113 have been unearthed.
“We will continue digging the graves and with the collaboration of Rubavu residents more remains will be found.”
Residents confirmed that there is a possibility some houses in Rubavu were built on top of mass graves.
Ishimwe says that based on autopsy reports, the unearthed remains are undoubtedly 1994 genocide victims.
“Besides autopsy reports, we are certain there was no cemetery here and we have evidence that the unearthed remains are those of genocide victims because some of them are still piled up together or tied and we have also found some of the murder weapons used during the genocide in the pits.”
Rubavu has administration requested residents and genocide survivors to help in identifying the bodies so that they can be buried properly.