File - Skulls of Rwandan genocide victims, laid out in the Nyamata Church, where thousands of people were killed.
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Twenty years ago, it is said that one person died every 10 seconds over a period of 100 days as genocidal government troops joined by armed militia swept through the country."That's from where they threw the grenades," Rurangirwa recounted, pointing to the many holes in a tin ceiling that cast a slanting kaleidoscopic light across the heaps of old clothes, broken glasses, loose change and the odd pen left behind.He and around 50 others managed to escape Nyamata Church at night after hiding himself under the benches and the dead bodies of his family, friends and neighbors. But they were picked off on the way by the Interahamwe, marauding gangs of civilians from the Hutu ethnic group who were whipped up with hate speech and given crude weapons to kill. The daughter he escaped with – his only surviving child – was also murdered, leaving Rurangirwa alone and fleeing to neighboring Burundi for safety. Two decades later Rurangirwa, has remarried and has four children, but admits he struggles to come to terms with the brutality.
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