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Ten Years Later, Rwanda Mourns

This is not a place where solemn gravediggers are hired or gated cemeteries honor the dead with expensive tombstones arranged in neatly manicured rows. In Rwanda, people dig graves for their own relatives, burying them where they were killed. But Wednesday was different. Rwandans began a week of mourning, honoring those who died in the 1994 genocide, a 100-day killing spree that began at daybreak 10 years ago and left an estimated 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead. The remains of 20 of those victims were unearthed from around the capital for Wednesday’s ceremony and lowered into a cavernous gray stone tomb high above the capital’s sloping maze of tin-roofed slums and red-dirt footpaths. They rest amid two levels of neatly tended gardens just steps below the central courtyard of a new museum to commemorate the victims of the genocide. Full Story

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