Arusha, 15 July 2009 (FH) - IBUKA, the main organization of survivors of the genocide committed against mainly ethnic Tutsis in 1994, will on Sunday  end the commemoration of the 100 days that the 1994 genocide lasted.

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The ceremony will take place on Nyanza Hill, Kigali, a symbolic site because approximately 5, 000 people who had taken refuge there were massacred on 11 April 1994 following the withdrawal of the Belgian

contingent of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR).

The Belgian government had decided to withdraw its troops after 10 of its soldiers were killed on 7 April 1994 by elements of the Rwandan regular army.

"We will, as every year, proceed to the end of the commemoration of  the 100 days of the genocide by denouncing once again the cowardice of certain Rwandans and of certain foreigners",  Benoit Kaboyi, Executive Secretary of IBUKA, told Hirondelle Agency.

"But we will also, on this occasion, highlight the bravery of the people, those with modest means for the most part, who saved human lives during the genocide", he added.

"By underlining the bravery of these people with modest means, we address a message to the whole world and especially to the youth, to say that the genocide could have been stopped", said Kaboyi on phone from Kigali.

It is from the Nyanza site that Rwandan President Paul Kagame had denounced on 7 April "the cowardice" of the international community and called on his compatriots "to move forward" in spite of the

innumerable after-effects of the genocide.

Whereas the government observes every year a week of national mourning, which begins on 7 April, Ibuka (which means remember in Kinyarwanda) extends the mourning until July.


© Hirondelle News Agency