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It has been exaclty 27 years, since the 1994 Tutsi genocide started in Rwanda.
A sad day comemorated each year by the presidency to remember the victims of the orchestrated mass killings.
Alongside his wife Jeannette, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, lit the flame of hope at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where the remains of 250,000 victims are buried.
Is is estimated that close to a million people died in the 1994 genocide, which to this day, remains a painful scar for Rwandan people.
President Paul Kagame said the recent publishing of the Duclert report by a group of historians who looked into the role of the French authorities in the 1994 genocide was an “important step toward a common understanding of what took place”.
The Rwandan genocide was a mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda during the Rwandan Civil War, which had started in 1990. It was directed by members of the Hutu majority government during the 100-day period from April 7th to mid-July 1994.
It is estimated that up to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed, constituting an estimated 70% of the Tutsi population. Additionally, 30% of the Pygmy Batwa were killed.
The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended after the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front, led by Paul Kagame, took control of the capital and the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutu, were displaced and became refugees.
Genocide Memorial Day marks the beginning of the national mourning period that lasts until July 4th and Liberation Day, a day set aside to celebrate the day Rwanda Patriotic Front brought to an end the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
In 2003, a United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda on April 7th. In January 2018, the day was renamed as International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.