Rwanda is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the country's genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period. Photographer Chip Somodevilla was there in April to cover the anniversary. July 4th marks Liberation Day.

KIGALI, RWANDA - APRIL 05: Thousands of people gather at the Kicukiro College of Technology football pitch to commemorate the 2,000 people who were abandoned by United Nations troops during the 1994 genocide April 5, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. On April 11, 1994, Belgian paratroopers who were part of the UNAMIR mission were ordered to leave the school grounds, abandoning the people to the national police and Interahamwe militia, who lead their victims to a garbage dump and slaughtered them. Rwanda is preparing to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the country's 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period. 

Caption:NYAMATA, RWANDA - APRIL 04: Metal racks hold the bones of thousands of genocide victims inside one of the crypts at the Nyamata Catholic Church memorial ahead of the 20th anniversary of the country's genocide April 4, 2014 in Nyamata, Rwanda. Attackers used guns and grenades to blast their way inside the church on April 13, 1994 where thousands of people had taken refuge, killing men women and children. The memorial's crypts contain the remains of over 45,000 genocide victims, the majority of them Tutsi, including those who were massacred inside the church itself. 

NYANZA, RWANDA - APRIL 03: A prisoner looks out a window in the Golf Wing of the Nyanza Prison, where men convicted of genocide are housed April 3, 2014 in Nyanza, Rwanda. Of the 6567 prisoners kept at the correctional facility, 5827 of them were convicted of participating in or leading the 1994 Rwandan genocide, where Hutu extremists killed more than 800,000 while attempting to wipe out the Tutsi people. 

Caption:KIGALI, RWANDA - APRIL 05: The fate of 9-month-old genocide victim Thierry Ishiwme is displayed at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre April 5, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. Rwanda is preparing to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the country's 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period. 

NYAMATA, RWANDA - APRIL 04: A ribbon is tied above piles of victims' clothing inside the Nyamata Catholic Church genocide memorial ahead of the 20th anniversary of the country's genocide April 4, 2014 in Nyamata, Rwanda. Attackers used guns and grenades to blast their way inside the church on April 13, 1994 where more than 10,000 people had taken refuge, killing men women and children. The memorial's crypts contains the remains of over 45,000 genocide victims, the majority of them Tutsi, including those who were massacred inside the church itself. 

NYAMATA, RWANDA - APRIL 04: Bullet holes pock the roof of the Nyamata Catholic Church genocide memorial where more than 10,000 people were killed during the 1994 genocide April 4, 2014 in Nyamata, Rwanda. Attackers used guns and grenades to blast their way inside the church on April 13, 1994 where thousands of people had taken refuge, killing men women and children. The memorial crypt contains the remains of over 45,000 genocide victims, the majority of them Tutsi, including those who were massacred inside the church itself. 

MBYO, RWANDA - APRIL 06: A young woman stands in an opening of a hedgerow of a genocide 'reconciliation village' April 6, 2014 in Mybo, Rwanda. Organized by the Prison Fellowship Rwanda in 2004, this village of 285 is where those who served time in prison for genocide now live side-by-side with people who survived the killer's 1994 rampage. One of five communities like this in Rwanda, Mbyo residents share agriculture and handicraft cooperatives and say that working together has helped with reconciliation, easing their apprehension and fostering new friendships. Rwanda is preparing to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the country's 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period. 

MBYO, RWANDA - APRIL 06: Fredrik Kazibwemo (L), 45, visits with neighbors Leonae Mugirwanake and her daughter Caline Nijogisubizo, 3, at a genocide 'reconciliation village' April 6, 2014 in Mybo, Rwanda. Fredrik served eight years in prison for killing nine people during the country's 1994 genocide. After moving to Mbyo, Fredrik said he was surprised when a neighbor who survived the killing offered to help pay his childrens' school fees, beginning a cycle of friendship. Organized by the Prison Fellowship Rwanda in 2004, this village of 285 is where those who served time in prison for genocide now live side-by-side with people who survived the killer's 1994 rampage. One of five communities like this in Rwanda, Mbyo residents share agriculture and handicraft cooperatives and say that working together has helped with reconciliation, easing their apprehension and fostering new friendships. Rwanda is preparing to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the country's 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period.

MBYO, RWANDA - APRIL 06: One of Silas Usengumuremyi's children welcomes guests into his home in a genocide 'reconciliation village' April 6, 2014 in Mybo, Rwanda. Silas was surprised several years ago when his next door neighbor, a Hutu man who participated in the 1994 genocide, offered to pay for a casket for Silas' father, who was killed during the genocide. Organized by the Prison Fellowship Rwanda in 2004, this village of 285 is where those who served time in prison for genocide now live side-by-side with people who survived the killer's 1994 rampage. One of five communities like this in Rwanda, Mbyo residents share agriculture and handicraft cooperatives and say that working together has helped with reconciliation, easing their apprehension and fostering new friendships. Rwanda is preparing to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the country's 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period. 

MBYO, RWANDA - APRIL 06: Children raise their hands and close their eyes as the final prayer is said during a Sunday service at the Chapel Mbyo on the eve of the anniversary of the 1994 genocide April 6, 2014 in Mybo, Rwanda. Rwanda is preparing to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the country's 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period. 

KIGALI, RWANDA - APRIL 07: Rwanda President Paul Kagame, first lady Jeannette Kagame and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon light the Flame of Remembrance at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center on April 7, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. Rwanda is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the country's 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period. 

KIGALI, RWANDA - APRIL 05: Family photos of victims of the 1994 Rwanda genocide hang inside the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre April 5, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. Rwanda is preparing to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the country's 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period. 

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