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Genocide in Our Time

Photos of the Rwandan Genocide Commemoration 2004 photographed by Dr. Eric Markusen, SW State University-Marshall, Minnesota

bodies from nyamata church

April 4: Nyamata Roman Catholic Church genocide memorial site, on the outskirts of Kigali. Bodies from the 1994 genocide were very recently discovered in a nearby mass grave and in nearby pit latrines. Attempts at identification were made prior to ceremonial reburial.

reburial

April 4:  workers placing bodies in caskets for reburial.

bodies in latrine

April 4: body from pit latrine.  About a dozen bodies were found in a single latrine.

bones from mass grave

April 4: skulls and bones from recently discovered mass grave.

skulls and pope poster

April 4. Skulls ironically beside a poster of Pope John Paul II. Catholic churches became places of killing during the genocide and two nuns were convicted of genocide by the Arusha Court.

clothing and bodies

April 4:  clothing found with bodies in mass grave and bags containing more bodies and body parts.

woman with family remains

April 4:  Woman, who asked me to photograph her, standing beside casket containing remains of her family members who were identified among those found in the mass grave.

ntarama church

April 4:  Ntarama Roman Catholic Church genocide memorial site, on outskirts of Kigali.

ntarama church

April 4:  Ntarama Roman Catholic Church genocide memorial site, on outskirts of Kigali.

ntarama church

April 4:  Ntarama Roman Catholic Church genocide memorial site, on outskirts of Kigali.  Thousands of Tutsi had sought refuge here, only to be slaughtered.  The floor is still, ten years later, littered with skulls, bones, shoes, clothes, prayer books, etc.

kigali memorial centre

April 10.  Kigali Memorial Centre, the site selected for the mass burial of the 250,000 victims of the Rwandan genocide who were massacred in Kigali.  The Centre, developed by Aegis Trust of the United Kingdom in cooperation with the Kigali City Council, includes, in addition to mass graves, a memorial museum, a childrens' memorial, a memorial garden, a national documentation centre, and education facilities.

kigali memorial centre

April 10.  Kigali Memorial Centre: people in line to see the memorial museum of the 1994 genocide.

kigali memorial centre

April 10.  Kigali Memorial Centre: one of several private reburials into the mass grave.

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