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Bisesero Genocide Memorial Site

In the early 1990s, most of the residents of Bisesero were Tutsi cattle owners. During the genocide, the residents gathered on a high, rocky hill and resisted the advancing Hutu army for three months by using rocks and sticks as weapons. Near the end of the three months, the French army arrived, promising aid to the Tutsi citizens. Soon after their arrival, the troops left, and the Hutu army attacked immediately. The Tutsis, armed only with primitive weapons, were not able to resist the advance of these well-trained and equipped soldiers. Estimates hold that anywhere between 30,000 and 50,000 Tutsis were killed in this region.

Today, the hill is known as the Hill of Resistance, and the memorial contains nine structures in memory of the nine communities originally inhabiting the Kibuye region.


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