Remains of 141 genocide victims exhumed in Rubavu: Piled, tied and buried with murder weapons used to kill them

By IGIHE
On 9 January 2020 at 01:07

A few days after Rubavu district administration requested residents to provide information on where remains of 1994 genocide victims were dumped, 141 remains have been exhumed and identified at Gisenyi Airport. The activity started on January 7th, 2020 where in only one day, remains of 28 were found.

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.

A few days after Rubavu district administration requested residents to provide information on where remains of 1994 genocide victims were dumped, 141 remains have been exhumed and identified at Gisenyi Airport.
Residents confirmed that there is a possibility some houses in Rubavu were built on top of mass graves.
Rubavu has administration requested residents and genocide survivors to help in identifying the bodies so that they can be buried properly.

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