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The Home of Former President Habyarimana

Listed under People in Kigali, Rwanda.

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On the morning of my last day in Rwanda, I visited the old home of former President Juvenal Hayarimana. When his plane was shot down over the compound in 1994, killing him and the president of Burundi, it was the spark needed to usher in the genocide.

It was both eery and interesting to walk through a former president’s home, especially one who had been assassinated so recently. Photos were not allowed.

After touring the interior of the home, we walked out back through the gardens, which included an empty pool, and a tennis court. I’d heard it was possible to see actual wreckage from the plane, and while again I could not take photos, I was able to see it in person from a small guard tower situated atop one of the compound’s walls.

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Written by  David Lee.

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