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The dung art that's giving Rwandan women a livelihood

This unusual dung-based art is providing a livelihood for women who survived the Rwandan genocide.

A group of women who lost their husbands in the atrocity have formed a cooperative creating the traditional Imigongo artworks to support their families.

They mould the clay-like dung into geometric patterns on boards before painting it to create vibrant art panels.

The first Imigongo paintings date back to the 18th century. However, today this art form is still booming with both locals and tourists.


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

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.

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
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