Over 8000 bodies to be given decent burial
Remains of bodies of over 8000 victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rukara Sector were exhumed and will be given a decent burial next month.
The bodies were formerly buried between 1997/8 in a mass grave located in Karubamba, Rukara sector, Kayonza district, Eastern province of Rwanda.
On April 22nd, 2014, residents of Rukara, Gahini, Mwili and Murundi sectors formerly Rukara Commune in today’s Kayonza district combined efforts to help clean and prepare the remains to be laid to rest in the newly constructed genocide memorial site in Karubamba.
“The remains had not been given due respect at the time, but now the community is determined to ensure that the victims are decently reburied,” Said Antoine Ntagungira, a Genocide survivor who is part of the organizing committee to rebury the bodies.
Ntagungira stated that close to Rwf30 million, a collection from local residents’ contributions from the four sectors that make up what was formerly Rukara Commune, was used in the construction of the new memorial site. Rwf12million still lacks to accomplish the construction works.
Rukara sector executive secretary, Gervais Ntirenganya, hailed residents for the hard work and called their contribution an additional value to the country’s objective of according a decent burial to Genocide remains.
There are about 300 Genocide memorial sites in the country. In November, 2013, the National Commission for the Fight against the Genocide (CNLG) presented its 2012-13 report to Parliament, indicating that most Genocide memorial sites remained in poor state, yet there was a Rwf1.6 billion budget allocated that year.
Rwanda parliamentary Standing Committee on Unity, Human Rights and Fight against Genocide this year announced intentions of investigating the state of Genocide monuments countrywide.