Memorial in New York to mark 20th commemoration of Rwandan Genocide

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Ban Ki-moon lays a wreath at Kigali's Genocide Memorial Centre. Credit: UN Photo/Government of Rwanda

Candle lighting and a minute of silence is being held at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday for the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide.

In 1994, Hutu extremists slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in a period of 100 days.

Participants in the memorial ceremony include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Rwandan Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana.

In addition, Rwandan genocide survivor and activist Kizito Kalima has been invited to share his story.

Rwandan band The Ben is also taking the stage to commemorate the lives of 800,000 children, women and men brutally murdered 20 years ago.

A commemoration was held in Kigali on 7 April, which is the annual Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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