Man Gets Life Sentence in Rwandan Genocide

    Nyanza Memorial Site April 18, 2008 in Murambi, Rwanda. At the start of the genocide in April 1994, over 2,000 Tutsis took refuge in the ETO school on the outskirts of Kigali, protected by the United Nations Peace Keeping force. Following the withdrawal of the UN, refugees were marched up the road to Nyanza where they were all butchered. Today, this site, marked by simple wooden crosses, is symbolic of the abandonment of Rwanda by the International Community. Each year on April 11th, a memorial ceremony takes place on the site where the deserted refugees were murdered in cold blood.

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    A Rwandan citizen has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Joseph Mpambara, a Hutu who had been living in the Netherlands, was originally sentenced to 20 years in jail but was acquitted on war-crimes charges. But prosecutors appealed the decision and won, securing a war-crimes conviction and a life sentence. Mpambara, 43, was found guilty of torturing two Tutsi mothers and their children to death, and to having attacked a Protestant church where Tutsis had sought sanctuary. "The appeals court is of the opinion that you have made yourself guilty of war crimes," a judge told him.

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