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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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Services to mark 20 years since Rwanda's genocide

Church services will be held across Rwanda today ahead of tomorrow's national ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide that left more than 800,000 people dead.

Photographs of people who were killed during the 1994 genocide are seen inside the Kigali Genocide memorial museum. Credit: Reuters

France sentences Rwandan ex-soldier for genocide role

A Paris court gave a Rwandan ex-soldier a 25-year jail sentence for genocide and crimes against humanity during Rwanda's 1994 genocide, in the first trial in France to punish those responsible for the three-month wave of violence.

Pascal Simbikangwa, 54, described by prosecutors as a former soldier who rose to become the No. 3 in Rwanda's intelligence services, denied the charges against him during the trial.

Under French law, Rwandans suspected of involvement in the genocide can be tried in a French court.

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Lack of genocide knowledge 'deeply concerning'

Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said:

We are deeply concerned by the lack of understanding among the population as a whole, and in particular the younger generations.

This research shows our work is more important than ever.

Genocide is not something that takes place by itself - it happens when a set of circumstances occur or are created, when racism and discrimination go unchecked and are allowed to divide communities.

A lot has been achieved, but there's plenty still to do to ensure that history does not repeat itself.

– Olivia Marks-Woldman

1 in 2 Britons 'can't name a post-Holocaust genocide'

Up to a million people were killed in just 100 days when Hutus slaughtered Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994. Credit: Reuters

Over half of the UK population could not name a genocide that has taken place since the Holocaust, new research suggests.

Research published ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday claims genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Dafur have all been largely forgotten by the British public.

Some 53% of the 2,304 people asked could not name a post-Holocaust genocide, with the figure rising to 81% among 16-24 year-olds.

Rwandan ex-spy chief found dead in South Africa

Police have opened a murder investigation after Rwanda's former spy chief was found dead in a hotel in South Africa.

Opposition leaders in Rwanda have accused Rwandan President Paul Kagame of ordering his assassination.

Police said Patrick Karegeya was found in a room in Johannesburg's plush Michalangelo Towers hotel, and that early investigations revealed that there is a possibility he was strangled.

Karegeya was a former colonel and longtime ally of Kagame who turned against the leader in peace. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

Sir David Attenborough launches fight to save gorillas

Sir David Attenborough is fulfilling a promise made to his late friend, who pleaded with him to raise awareness of gorilla-poaching Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

Sir David Attenborough has launched a global fight to save mountain gorillas in Rwanda from being poached.

The wildlife expert is backing a 'crowdfunding' campaign by Fauna & Flora International, which involves going online and encouraging a mass of people to directly fund a cause.

Sir David, who hopes to raise £110,000 by December 11, travelled to Rwanda in 1978 to film the gorillas' plight for the BBC's Life on Earth series.

In highlighting the issue, he is fulfilling a promise made three decades ago to his late friend, American zoologist Dian Fossey, after learning poachers were selling gorillas' body parts as trophies.

"She said: 'Please, please, please help spread the news. There are only 200 of them left in the wild'," Sir David said.

"So I promised I would do something."

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