Rwanda genocide remembered 20 years on

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The Genocide Memorial Centre in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo: Renato Granieri / Alamy

This year marks 20 years since Hutu extremists in Rwanda slaughtered approximately 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus within a period of 100 days.

The 1994 Rwanda genocide shocked the world and tested the United Nations capacity to intervene to protect vulnerable people in a conflict.

There have been a series of events known as "Kwibuka 20" launched early this year to commemorate this tragic chapter in Rwanda's history.

"Kwibuka" means "remember" in Kinyarwanda, the country's language.

UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha sat down with the Deputy Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations, Olivier Nduhungirehe, who began by speaking about the theme for this year's commemoration which is "remember, unite and renew".

Duration: 4' 36"

 

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