20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide

20 years ago today, a plane carrying the Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana was shot down ahead of landing in Kigali, in what is seen as the catalyst for the Rwandan genocide. An estimated 800,000 people were killed over the following months.

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Unearthed pictures show Rwanda's genocide survivors

In the aftermath of Rwanda's genocide, UK charity Save the Children worked to reunite orphaned or missing children with remaining family members.

Thousands of children's parents and relatives were killed, so they had to be placed in families that would accept them. Credit: Save the Children

Many of the children had witnessed their parents being killed, and had fled alone or with their siblings, as the 100 day atrocity unfolded.

Children had often enduring horrifying experiences before making it to the orphanage. Credit: Save the Children

Last last year, Rwanda's Save the Children office found their archive containing thousands of Polaroids of children, along with their files.

Thousands of children were found hiding by advancing RPF troops and brought to orphanages. Credit: Save the Children

They went to visit two of the families they helped to reunite, to see how their lives are 20 years since the atrocities that left 800,000 people, mainly Tutsi, dead.

Some of the thousands of pictures taken by Save the Children, as they started the slow process of reuniting families Credit: Save the Children


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