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It was hell on earth : Rwanda commemorates genocide 25 years ago

25 years after the beginning of the genocide in Rwanda reminded on Sunday to the hundreds of thousands of victims. At the start of the commemorations in the capital, Kigali head of state Paul Kagame inflamed in the morning a flame in the memorial of Gisozi. He was accompanied by the President of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, as well as EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

For the afternoon is planned a funeral at the national stadium in Kigali. During the coming week then take place all over the country commemorative events and discussions. To 4. July is national mourning.

In the former German and Belgian colony, Rwanda had been killed by members of the Hutu ethnic group, in 1994, within a period of three months at least 800,000 people. Most of the victims were members of the minority, the Tutsis, but many moderate Hutu were killed. Many of the perpetrators were officials of the state, about from the army or police.

foreign Minister Heiko Maas recalled the victims and their relatives remembered. "The genocide in Rwanda needs to be a reminder for future generations. We all have a responsibility to preserve the memory and to do everything, so that is comparable to that repeatedly stated,“ the SPD politician in Berlin. He spoke of a "crime of unimaginable proportions". In the spring of 1994, the world community had not perceived the warning signs in time, said Maas. Today have developed into the crisis, early detection and prevention.

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France wants to deal with the genocide in Rwanda, a day of remembrance. This should be on 7. April, committed, informed the Élyséepalast on Sunday. France is always accused of, to have an active or passive role in the preparation and execution of the genocide played. Paris and Kigali had been canceled in the past, in the meantime, diplomatic relations.

The French government is in for Sunday's planned celebrations of the members of Parliament Hervé Berville, who comes from a Tutsi family. President Emmanuel Macron said the Rwandan people on Sunday in a message of solidarity and expressed his sympathy with the Victims and their families.

Rwanda President Paul Kagame at the opening of the commemorative events.Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

The Swedish journalist Gunilla von Hall has unpublished photos of the genocide in Rwanda to the Ministry of justice of the African country passed. "Also the memorial of the genocide in Kigali, the shocking images," said Hall of the Evangelical press service.

stressed the photos of The corpses would have to be made to the people in Rwanda access to a Hall. You could help in the identification of those Killed. "The photos with the Victims of the genocide lie not," said the Swede, who works for the "Svenska Dagbladet" as an international correspondent. Of Hall is one of the photos had been taken in April 1994 when the genocide in Rwanda was in full swing.

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The Swede stayed for a Reportage in neighboring Tanzania, as she saw driving corpses in the river Kagera. "The were the Dead that had been thrown in Rwanda in the river," recalled Hall. Then she was driving with companions to Rwanda. In the village of Nyarubuye, the group discovered the bodies of hundreds of users. "It was hell on earth," said the mother of a family. "The dead lay in and around a Church. There was absolute silence and the smell was unbearable,“ said the correspondent.

Many of the skulls had holes from bullets or machete blows. Hall came across more scenes from the massacres in Rwanda. "The corpse-fields were the worst I've ever seen," said the experienced Rapporteur. She held the Seen on photos. Your newspaper decided not to publish the photos of the slaughtered people.

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"were The images simply cruel," said Hall. For years, the recordings were in a Cabinet in her office at the United Nations in Geneva. "Last year, the photos came back to me in the hands and I decided to bring them to Rwanda," explained the correspondent. At a ceremony at the Kigali Genocide Memorial last Wednesday, the photos handed over by Hall. (AFP, dpa, epd)

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