Thousands of Rwandans accused of taking part in the 1994 genocide were sent home Monday from camps where they helped build homes for survivors of the killing. More than 500,000 Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were killed in the genocide orchestrated by the then-Hutu extremist government. The accused Rwandans were sent to the camps after being released from prisons by presidential decree on Jan. 1. Many had been in prison without being charged since mid-1994. President Paul Kagame instituted the reconciliation camps to ease the massive overcrowding in Rwandan jails where 115,000 genocide-related suspects account for more than 90 percent of Rwanda’s prisoners. Full Story
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