‘The genocide must never happen again’

Like many children, four-year-old Ariane Umutoni’s favorite food was cake. Her favorite drink was milk and she loved singing and dancing.

She was killed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide by being stabbed in the eyes and head.

Francine Murengezi Ingabire, 12, who loved eggs and chips, was hacked to death by machete.

As the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall toured the children’s room at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda, they could not fail to have been deeply moved.

Pausing to look at the smiling young faces gazing from the memorial windows, they read about the children’s favorite things, typical childlike pastimes such as playing with their fathers, and dreams of becoming doctors, before the jarring reality of their deaths at the hands of ethnic Hutus was detailed below.

“Terrible,” said the Prince, while his wife added: “What humans can do to humans”.

For the Prince, who has a particular interest in genocide and reconciliation, the visit was an opportunity to “listen and learn”.

He later called for the world to learn from the atrocity, warning it must never happen again. He hopes to use the experience to “bring people grappling with similar issues” together, an aide said.

The Duchess, meanwhile, hugged survivor Uzamukunda Walida, who was gang-raped during the genocide.


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