Rwanda Says Mass Graves Still Being Found, Almost 30 Years After Genocide

A Rwandan official said Thursday that the remains of 119 people thought to be victims of the 1994 genocide were unearthed in the country’s south, as authorities continue to uncover mass graves nearly three decades later.

More victims’ bones are being discovered because genocide perpetrators made every effort to conceal potentially damning material, according to Naphtal Ahishakiye, executive secretary of the genocide survivors’ organization Ibuka.

In October, officials discovered six bodies under a house being built in Huye district. He stated that they discovered additional bodies after further investigation.

Rwanda will mark the 30th anniversary of the genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 Tutsi and Hutu who were not extremists were murdered by Hutu extremists.

Louise Uwimana, a genocide victim and Huye district resident, expressed sadness after learning that her neighbors had withheld information regarding mass graves at a time when the government was pushing reconciliation.

When genocide offenders withhold knowledge, she says, “I question this thing called reconciliation.”

In 1999, the East African country established a National Unity and Reconciliation Commission.

More than 120,000 people were jailed and charged with criminal responsibility for their roles in the genocide.

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