Arusha, 19 August 2009 (FH) - Rwanda plans to build in Kigali a research and documentation centre on the genocide committed against Tutsis in 1994, according to the government newspaper, La Nouvelle Relève (The New Relief).

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The centre, which will primarily be "an instrument at the service of memory", will be built by the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), which was established by the Rwandan government, reports the bi-monthly.

The visitors will be able to find testimonies as well as books on the preparation and the execution of genocide, according to the CNLG. General consultations on the project have already started.

Rwandan linguist, Laurent Nkusi, one of the researchers who took part in the consultations, the centre would comprise three departments: studies, research and publications, education and teaching in the hope of eradicating genocide ideology and finally, a department in charge of the commemoration and mourning.

It will be built on Nyanza Hill, a highly symbolic place because approximately 5 000 people who had taken refuge there were massacred on 11 April 1994 after the withdrawal of the Belgian contingent of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) which was guarding refugees.

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

Nyanza also shelters the head office of Ibuka (remember in Kinyarwanda), the main organization of genocide survivors.


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