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Rwanda remembers genocide 20 years later

article Reuters/Noor Khamis

In April 2014 Rwanda marked the 20th anniversary of the genocide that saw hundreds of thousands killed in brutal massacres. President Paul Kagame sparked a row with France by repeating charges of French implication in the bloodshed. RFI's Laura Angela Bagnetto reported from the ceremony and spoke to survivors and perpetrators.

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