He was confronted by the Prince of Wales on Wednesday with the serious legacy of Rwanda’s genocide as he urged the world to never repeat the horrors of oppression.
Over the course of a day, Charles saw rows of skulls from victims of the 1994 massacre, participating in programs to acknowledge the trauma of survivors and to hear the stories of those killed.
The heir to the throne said “this should never happen again, we will continue to remember” as he visited the Niamatha Church Genocide Memorial, where more than 10,000 people were killed in two days. , And he was shown the remains of a skull.
Earlier, Charles and Camilla visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial and were shown personal testimonies of families who donated pictures of smiling children and recorded touching personal details about their loved ones.
The couple carefully read the comments about the young men being killed, and Charles responded by saying: “Horrible, it often happens.”
His wife lamented, “What can man do with human beings?”
The duchess tied the knot with a genocidal survivor during her visit, when she was hugged by Azamo Kanda Walida, who was gang-raped, but now speaks openly about her experience.
In 1994, millions of Tutsis were killed in Rwanda by ethnic Hutu extremists.
The Niamata Church Genocide Memorial, south of the Rwandan capital Kigali, contains the remains of more than 45,000 people who were killed on the church grounds and in a large area between April 7 and May 14, 1994.
A total of 800,000 people, including three-quarters of the country’s minority Tutsi population, were killed during the 100-day genocide in Rwanda this year.
Charles heard how militias killed Tutsi men outside the church who were trying to protect their families before they could turn on the women and children who had taken refuge inside.
“They threw grenades and then shot and killed many of them,” said Rachel Moricette, a memorial manager who showed Charles around and pointed out hundreds of holes in the church’s wooden roof. The blasts were caused by a sharp panel.
In the basement below, the prince was shown glass cases containing the victims’ skulls and bones, which had been burned after being shot or stabbed.
At a memorial in the capital, Charles and his wife, Camilla, laid a wreath in memory of the victims, and outside the church, an hour’s drive from Kigali, he received another floral tribute and a handwritten message in the national Kannada Wanda language. Left out
He said: “We will always remember the innocent lives that were lost in the genocide against the Tutsis in April 1994. Be strong in Rwanda. Charles.”
Speaking afterwards, Ms Morricette said the prince was impressed by what she saw.
He added: “He said, ‘This should never happen again, we will remember.’
Charles, who later met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his wife during the day, visited a reconciliation village after hearing how survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide lived together. “It’s a wonderful example for the rest of the world.”
He visited the village of Mbyo, built in 2005, where 384 Tutsis and Hutus live and work together successfully, and now the project is aimed at encouraging unity across the country and helping victims of oppression. Has created eight more to help you move forward.
After hearing the stories of a Hoto criminal and a Tutsi whose entire family had been killed, he said he was “full of admiration” that they had managed to overcome the past, adding: “His It was hard to be able to. Forgive these horrible horrors.
“It’s great to hear that you now see the situation as entirely Rwandan, not Tutsi and Hoto, and I think it’s a great example to the rest of the world.”
Among those who greeted him in the village was Eric Morangua, a former footballer who narrowly escaped death during the genocide, and who visited Charles in April to visit the Memorial and Reconciliation Village in Scotland. Encouraged.