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Rwanda's president leads genocide commemoration 30 years on

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Rwanda genocide 30 years on

Rwanda has begun 100 days of commemorations to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1994 genocide, in which 800,000 people, most of them from the Tutsi ethnic group, were massacred by Hutu militias.

Sunday marks the start of Kwibuka 30 (Remembrance), the sombre 30th commemoration of the genocide, which began on 7 April 1994.

At the Kigali Genocide Memorial, President Paul Kagame – whose Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) rebel army helped to stop the massacres – will deliver a speech and light a flame of remembrance, with some foreign dignitaries in attendance.

They will lay wreaths on the memorial's mass graves, where more than 250,000 victims are believed to be buried.

This year's anniversary marks an important date for Rwanda, according to Phil Clark, professor of international politics at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, who specialises in post-conflict issues.

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