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The Best from the Lens of a Camera at Kwibuka25

by Jean de la Croix Tabaro
11:54 am

Night vigil at Amahoro National Stadium. The flame of remembrance – every mourner has his/hers in this wide plan photography by Plaisir Muzogeye

Rwanda started on April 7, commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, an event that triggers the deepest emotions in Rwandan community as they remember over one million Tutsi who perished in one hundred days.

Cameramen – amateurs and professionals as well as the general public largely used either a camera or a smart phone to capture moments around them.

We are proposing you this selection, an editors’ pick.

Up and below: Kirehe district – laying the wreath on the water. Many Genocide victims were thrown in rivers, with killers saying “we are helping you to take a transit route to Nile where you came from.”

At river Nyabarongo, Muhanga side: Many bodies were thrown here. In 1992, Dr. Leon Mugesera who is serving a life sentence in Rwanda over Genocide crimes said ‘the tutsi were lucky that in 1959 I was still a child. I would have made you transit to Abyssinia through river Nyabarongo. This incendiary speech inspired killers and they did this.

Flame of remembrance in Nyagatare

In Musanze district, women get ready to lay the wreath

The Walk to remember. President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame among other officials are in front

A wide shot of the night vigil

Lighting the flame of remembrance at Kigali Genocide memorial. Joining President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame are Moussa Faki Mahamat(L) AU Secretary General and Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Union


MP Herve Berville(L), President Paul Kagame and Louise Mushikiwabo, SG Francophonie during the Walk to remember

A ‘be strong’ message to Richard Sezibera

Louise Mushikiwabo in Rwanda’s traditional attire hugging a Kwibuka25 participant the Rwandan way

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Mourners at Amahoro national stadium

Performance during the Kwibuka25 event – Kigali convention centre. Darcy Rugamba – the author created a conversation between the deceased one and the survivors

The youth holds the flame of remembrance, like all the mourners in the background. Rwanda expects total recovery from the young generation  

Amahoro National stadium during Kwibuka15

Let’s remember, unite and renew. Let’s ensure that these little angels, Antoinette and Germain, and the million of other victims of the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi did not die in vain

Kigali Convention Centre in Kwibuka color