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In pictures: Rwanda remembers

President Paul Kagame trying to control his emotions at the national monument in Kigali

Sombre ceremonies took place in Rwanda on Wednesday to remember the victims of genocide - 10 years to the day the massacres began.

Symbolic reburial of genocide victims

Commemorations started with the inauguration of a new memorial in the capital Kigali, where several recently exhumed bodies were symbolically re-buried.

South African President Thabo Mbeki at the inauguration

Several foreign heads of state and government, mostly from Africa, attended the ceremonies. Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt was the only Western leader present.

A flame burns in memory of the genocide victims at Gisozi, Kigali

Rwanda's president lit a flame that will burn for 100 days at the new national memorial centre.

People searching for bones in a mass grave

Today's ceremonies mark the beginning of a week of mourning for the 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus killed over the course of 100 days in 1994.

A Belgian soldier and the son of one of the 10 Belgian servicemen killed in the genocide look closely at a monument.

A new monument to the 10 Belgian peacekeepers killed at the start of the massacres is also being unveiled.






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