Main content

The search for Rwanda's 'genocide-era' mass graves

2019 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide but for many survivors the question of what happened to their relatives and loved ones is as real - and unanswered - as ever. Over the past 12 months, Ibuka, a group of survivors, has been leading a drive to locate and dig up mass graves. So far they've discovered the bodies of tens of thousands of victims. The local authorities in Rwanda even give them permission to pull down houses to get access to the sites where mass graves are reported to be hidden. One person who's actively involved in this project is Theogene Kabagambire, who's still looking for the bodies of his two sisters and three brothers as well as other family members.

(Picture: Volunteers from Ibuka uncover a mass grave under a house in Kigali. Credit: Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Release date:


2 minutes