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Rwanda marks 25 years since mass slaughter

April 8, 2019 5:07 am

Rwanda’s president said the country had become “a family once again”, while marking the 25th anniversary of the genocide that killed 800,000 people.

Paul Kagame, who led a rebel force that ended the slaughter, lit a remembrance flame in the capital Kigali.

Rwandans will mourn for 100 days, the time it took in 1994 for about a tenth of the country to be massacred.

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Most of those who died were minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus, killed by ethnic Hutu extremists.

“In 1994, there was no hope, only darkness,” Mr Kagame told a crowd gathered at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where more than 250,000 victims are thought to be buried.

“Today, light radiates from this place. How did it happen? Rwanda became a family once again.”

The commemoration activities began with the flame-lighting ceremony at the memorial. The flame will burn for 100 days.

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