30 Years After Genocide, Mass Graves Still Being Found In Rwanda – Official

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Thirty years after the genocide, a Rwandan official said Thursday that the remains of 119 people believed to be victims of the 1994 genocide have been discovered in the country’s south.

It said authorities have continued to find mass graves nearly three decades after the killings.

Naphtal Ahishakiye, executive secretary of the genocide survivors’ organization Ibuka, told The Associated Press that the remains of more victims continue to be found because perpetrators of the genocide tried their best to hide possibly incriminating information.

In October, authorities said they first found six bodies under a house that was being built in the Huye district. They have since found more bodies thereafter investigating further, he said.

In April, Rwanda will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 Tutsi and Hutu who were not extremists were killed by Hutu extremists.

Louise Uwimana, a genocide survivor and resident of Huye district, said she was saddened to learn that her neighbours had concealed information about mass graves at a time when the government was encouraging reconciliation.

When genocide perpetrators conceal information, she said, “I question this thing called reconciliation.”