Thursday, March 13, 2014

Video: Rwanda: Beacon of hope or dictatorship? - Press TV Africa Today


Rwanda began commemorations marking 20 years since its genocide, with a flame of remembrance due to make a nationwide tour ahead of the anniversary of the horrific events of 1994.

Government officials and survivors assembled at the main genocide memorial in Kigali where the flame was lit before embarking on a tour of towns and villages in the central African nation, ahead of a period of official mourning that begins on April 7.

An estimated 800,000 people, essentially from the Tutsi minority, perished in the genocide, carried out by Hutu extremist militias and troops in the three months from April to June 1994.

Most of the masterminds of the genocide have been tried at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda set up in Arusha, Tanzania, with the backing of the United Nations.

A further two million ordinary Rwandans were tried in grassroots courts known as "gacaca" for their alleged role in the killings, with some two-thirds of the accused found guilty.


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