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UN Security Council 'concern' over Burundi tensions

The UN Security Council on Tuesday expressed concern over ongoing tensions in Burundi as the country prepares for 2015 elections. Nigeria's UN envoy Joy Ogwu, the current president of the council, spoke to reporters after being briefed by Jeffrey Feltman, the UN under secretrary for political affairs concerning "violent activities of the youth wings among the political parties." "We all expressed our concern over continuous tensions in Burundi as the country approaches the 2015 elections," Ogwu said.

Candle flames in Rwanda mark mourning of genocide

Flames from flickering candles passed from person to person, as Rwandans mourned the massacre of nearly a million people 20 years ago in the country's genocide. With soft music and in light rain, thousands crowded the national stadium late on Monday, as President Paul Kagame lit the first candle, before the flame passed around the crowded terraces. In the stands, many sat hunched staring deep at the flame, amid the official commemorations remembering the atrocities in their own deeply personal, quiet and reflective way.

Unspoken trauma paralyses Rwanda genocide survivors

Sitting very still, hands folded and with a soft voice, Jean-Bosco Rurangirwa relives the trauma of seeing his family hacked to death as they sheltered with thousands of others in a church. Twenty years ago, it is said that one person died every 10 seconds over a period of 100 days as genocidal government troops joined by armed militia swept through the country. In all at least 800,000 people, mostly ethnic Tutsis, were murdered in the slaughter that started on April 7, 1994. Countless others were raped or maimed, and trauma is said to affect a third of the population.

Football: Burundi street kids cross ethnic divide

Burundi walked tall at the Street Child World Cup on Tuesday, with their team crossing ethnic divides and showing the power of sport to rise above decades of racial strife. "We have different ethnic groups in our team, which just goes to show we can all live together," coach Dieudonne Nahimana, himself a former street child and founder of the New Generation charity group in 1998, told AFP.

France charges Rwandan doctor over 1994 genocide

Rwandan doctor Charles Twagira was on Thursday charged in France over the 1994 genocide that claimed some 800,000 lives, a judicial source said. Twagira was a head of the main hospital in Rwanda's western city of Kibuye at the time of the unrest. He is accused of being behind the murder of the family of a colleague and of refusing medical aid to members of the Tutsi minority who came to the Kibuye hospital. The 54-year-old was arrested on Tuesday in Vire in northern France, where he worked in a hospital.

Verdict in landmark Rwanda genocide trial due in Paris

The much-anticipated verdict in the landmark trial of a Rwandan army captain accused of complicity in genocide is due on Friday, just weeks ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 1994 atrocity. Prosecutors in the trial -- the first of its kind in France -- have asked for life imprisonment for Pascal Simbikangwa, branding him an ethnic "cleanser" who was "radically committed" to his work and a "man capable of the worst".

Twenty years on, Rwanda's reconciliation goes on step by step

In the years that followed the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Immaculee Mukankundiye would hear nothing of the word reconciliation. Th 56-year-old lost her husband and three children to Hutu extremists, who happened to be neighbours in her village of Cyendajuru near the southern city of Butare. "I thought it would be impossible to find reconciliation, to forgive my neighbour who killed my children," she said.

Victims, killers take the stage as remembrance flame tours Rwanda

Innocent Kabanda remembers only too well the day when the extremist Hutu Interahamwe rolled in, on April 7, 1994, when the genocide of Rwanda's Tutsis had just begun. "The people came and they told my father that they'd take us to the town centre. They also took away my big brother. I never saw them again," said Kabanda, now 33, speaking at a commemorative event ahead of the 20th anniversary of the genocide.

German court finds Rwanda mayor guilty of assisting genocide

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A German court on Tuesday sentenced a Rwandan Hutu to 14 years in jail for his role in the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994, ending Germany's first trial related to the mass killings in central Africa. Onesphore Rwabukombe, who has lived in Germany since 2002, was a mayor in north Rwanda at the time of the genocide in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed in 100 days.

German court finds Rwanda mayor guilty of assisting genocide

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A German court on Tuesday sentenced a Rwandan Hutu to 14 years in jail for his role in the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994, ending Germany's first trial related to the mass killings in central Africa. Onesphore Rwabukombe, who has lived in Germany since 2002, was a mayor in north Rwanda at the time of the genocide in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed in 100 days.
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