18.03.08 - RWANDA/GENOCIDE - THIS YEAR'S COMMEMORATION OF RWANDAN GENOCIDE WILL BE HELD IN BUGESERA

Arusha, 18 March 2008 (FH) - This year's commemoration of the 1994 Rwanda genocide  will be marked at the national level on 7 April in Nyamata, east of Rwanda.
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"The Council of Ministers has decided that the ceremonies of the 14th commemoration will be held in Nyamata, Bugesera district," according to Rwanda government statement.

The location is among areas affected by the genocide, especially the killings at the Ntarama church where ethnic Tutsis had sought refuge.

This year's theme is: "Let us commemorate genocide while fighting against genocide ideology; render assistance to survivors while working for development", stated further the statement.

The week of national mourning will end on 13 April, the date also devoted to a ceremony in memory of the politicians who were killed during the genocide.

According to the United Nations estimates, about 800 000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed during the April-July slaughter.

During the mourning week, flags will be flying half-mast. Weddings and other festivities are banned.

Conferences and debates on the genocide will be held all over the country and the remains of victims will receive a worthy burial.

Last year, the commemoration was held at national level in Murambi, a district in southern Rwanda.

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