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‘Genocide must never happen again’

Written by Javed Iqbal

Like many other children, four-year-old Ariane Umutoni’s favorite food was cake. Her favorite drink was milk and she loved to sing and dance.

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

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

When the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the children’s room at the Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda, they could not help but be deeply moved.

As they stopped to look at the smiling young faces staring out of the memory windows, they read about the children’s favorite things, typical childish pastimes like playing with their fathers and dreaming of becoming doctors before the shocking reality of their death in their hands on ethnic Hutus was described in detail below.

“Terrible,” said the prince, while his wife added, “What men can do to men.”

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

Later, he urged the world to learn from the cruelty and warned that it must never happen again. He hopes to use the experience to “bring people struggling with similar issues” together, an aide said.

The Duchess, meanwhile, hugged the surviving Uzamukunda Walida, who was gang rape during the genocide.

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