Rwanda commemorates genocide anniversary

Apr 07, 2014, 5:13 AM EDT
People pray inside an Evangelical church on April 6, 2014, in Kigali, on the eve of the start of a national mourning period marking the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
AFP Photo/Simon Maina

Rwanda is beginning a week of official mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of the country's genocide on Monday. President Paul Kagame is to light a torch which will burn for 100 days - the length of time the genocide lasted. A diplomatic row has prompted Rwanda to bar France's ambassador, Michel Flesch, from attending the event, AFP news agency reports. At least 800,000 people - mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus - died at the hands of Hutu extremists in 1994.
Background:
Rwanda begins mourning week for genocide anniversary
France pulls out of event to mark Rwanda genocide [Time]

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