At least 35 remains of genocide victims have been discovered in farmland located in Cyimana Cell of Tumba sector, Huye district of the Southern Province.
The Huye district representative of the umbrella association of genocide survivors (IBUKA), Theodat Siboyintore told Kigali Today that information about the mass grave was given out by one of the locals.
“Three weeks ago an informant told the landowner who is a Genocide survivor that she was farming over remains of her relatives, and with this information, we started a search until yesterday when we found some remains which were evidently hidden under bricks,” Siboyintore said.
The Sector Executive Secretary, Vital Migabo confirmed to Kigali Today that the local officials had spent weeks searching for remains of genocide victims in the area in vain.
“The remains were covered with residual gasoline and mud bricks which made it hard to discover them during the initial attempt. When we hit the bricks we thought there was nothing more to be dug up,” Migabo said.
The official added that the search for more remains has as of this Saturday been put on hold due to challenges of a heavy stench coming from the pits where the bodies were exhumed but stated that they will resume tomorrow.
Migabo also said that they plan to seek technical support excavators as soon as possible so as to find all the bodies that are believed to have been dumped in separate pits in an area where genocidaires had mounted a roadblock.