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    Rwandan Genocide

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Ghanaian iReporter Muntaka spent a sobering day visiting Nyamata Memorial church in Nyamata town near the Rwanadan capital of Kigali. The plain, unadorned church is the tragic setting for one of the Rwandan genocide's most heinous crimes, when thousands of members of the country's Tutsi minority were slaughtered despite taking shelter in the sanctuary.

    "It sparked such emotional reaction in me because I have never been exposed to anything like that in my life before," he said. "To think that it happened because one tribe hated another so much was beyond my understanding." He says Rwandans do not speak much now of the genocide that ripped apart their country in 1994, leaving between 500,000 and one million people dead. "They are trying to put it behind them," he says. - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    The best moment for me, as it appears in the photo, was visiting the Nyamata memorial in Rwanda February this year. April of 1994, thousands of Hutus and some Tutsis took a refuge in this little church believing they were safe. The Interahamwe however used grenades to gain entry into the church, and massacred thousands of people with machetes, clubs and various kinds of weapons. The crypts at the memorial houses bludgeoned skulls and remains of over 40,000 victims slaughtered inside the church and the surrounding area. The genocide was caused by deep-rooted hatred that has existed between the Hutus and Tutsis for centuries.

    The experience has left a tremendous impact on me. I have come to further appreciate the importance of every human life and why we should challenge abuses of all kinds. To ensure this never happens in my home country Ghana, I’ve exposed the photos I took in the crypts to as many people as I can. It serves as a reminder to the consequences of tribalism and hatred among people.

    I filed the experience in one of iReport’s assignments in April 2013. Here: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-950136
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