Rwanda’s Genocide Ended 26 Years Ago. Survivors Are Still Finding Mass Graves.

Innocent Gasinzigwa lost his wife and seven children in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He believes God allowed him to live so that he could lay the bodies of genocide victims to rest.

From the street, the home looks like any other in this neighborhood on the outskirts of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. A pitched terra-cotta roof rises above the sturdy brick wall surrounding the property. The blue metal gate has neat triangles mounted across the top to ward off potential intruders.

But when the front gate swings open, an extraordinary scene emerges.

Inside, the yard is pocked with shovel holes, some of them dozens of feet deep. Next to the holes are mounds of dirt, with the tops of leafy banana trees poking through.

This home’s owners planted the trees to hide mass graves after the 100-day genocide that raged from April 7 to July 15, 1994. Now, thousands of bodies are still being recovered and laid to rest at nearby genocide memorials. Read more at NPR.

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