Rwanda began commemorating the genocide that killed 800,000 people in 100 days. National leaders and invited dignitaries honored the hundreds of thousands Tutsis and moderate Hutus who died in the killing spree that began in early April 1994.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has issued stern warnings to insurgents, who recently killed at least 14 people in an area popular with tourist, vowing that he will never allow them to destabilize his country.
Rwandans abroad are summoned to mingle and to meet President Paul Kagame each year. The conference-style Rwanda Day, taking place in Germany on Saturday, is festive but not without an unspoken political undercurrent.
Rwanda saw its bloodiest attack in over two decades when rebels raided a town on the border with the DR Congo on Friday. The killings have sparked fear among residents of Kinigi, an area famed for mountain gorillas.
Opposition leaders in Rwanda are concerned for their safety following another murder of a prominent member of the unregistered opposition FDU-Inkingi (United Democratic Forces). Rwanda's government denies any wrongdoing.
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