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Rwanda reconciliation takes a village, 21 years on

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Vincent Kadimera, a righteous Hutu who saved 5 people in Simbi village during the Genocide
Vincent Kadimera, a righteous Hutu who saved 5 people in Simbi village during the Genocide Laura Angela Bagnetto

Two groups are sitting in circles in the grass in Simbi village, outside of Butare, Rwanda's second city. The men and women are counting money and talking, and they obviously know each other very well - it’s a friendly atmosphere. But 21 years ago, the scene wasn’t so idyllic. Rwanda marks the commemoration of the beginning of the genocide that killed some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. People were killed by machete by extremist Hutus, but in many cases, by their own neighbors.

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