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NYAMATA IMIBIRI Y’ABAZIZE JENOSIDE YAKOREWE ABATUTSI IRIMO KWANGIRIKA

At a genocide memorial site in eastern Rwanda, remains of more than 40,000 Tutsi victims could soon be no more if urgent action is not taken.

The location, Nyamata genocide memorial site, was a catholic church prior to May of 1994. But from April 11 for the entire week in 1994, it became site for one of the worst massacre of Tutsis by combined force of the army and civilian militias.

Today, 45,308 victims lay there. Due to humidity, the remains are decomposing, according to IBUKA, the umbrella association of genocide survivors.

Inside the underground mass graves is where coffins containing the remains are placed. The cold and humid conditions are affecting the remains.

IBUKA has launched a national campaign mobilizing for support to wash the remains with special chemical composition that maintains them.

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