Remains of over 3, 800 Rwandese genocide victims reburied in Uganda

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The remains of over 3,800 victims of the 1994 Rwanda genocide were on Friday reburied in three mass graves at Ggolo village in the central Ugandan district of Mpigi.

The 3,817 remains were part of the bodies that floated from Rwanda though River Kagera, a tributary of Lake Victoria shared by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

During the genocide that left over 800,000 Rwandese, mostly the Tutsi minority and some moderate Hutu, dead, bodies including those of children in school uniform and babies floated to different Ugandan districts along the shores of Lake Victoria.

There are two other memorial sites, one in Masaka in central Uganda and another in Rakai in southern Uganda.

The remains reburied on Friday were mainly skulls and bones that were exhumed in a month long exercise in Masaka in order to accord them a decent burial.

"This is a decision of the government that it will do all what it means to make sure all the remains, wherever and whenever they are discovered, will be put to rest in a dignified way," Frank Mugambage, the Rwandese High Commissioner to Uganda, told mourners at the burial site that now has 4,772 remains. Already there were 955 remains buried at the site.

Source: Xinhua


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