Honouring the victims of Gatumba – Saturday August 13th 2016

Event: UK commemoration of the August 2004 Gatumba massacre
Time: 12pm, Saturday August 13th 2016
Place: Cemetery Road Baptist Church, 11 Napier St, Sheffield S11 8HA

On Saturday 13th August 2016 the Alliance for Justice will be standing with UK-based survivors of the Gatumba massacre at an event in Sheffield to mark the 12th anniversary of this tragedy.

On the night of August 13th 2004, over 160 Congolese civilians – half of them children – were massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi. The victims were singled out specifically because of their ethnicity – almost all the dead were members of the Banyamulenge Tutsi minority.

Despite widespread international condemnation of a crime that many believe to have been an act of genocide, to date no-one has been brought to justice for the attack.

Amid ongoing violence against the Banyamulenge community, thousands have been forced into exile, with many being recently resettled in the UK.

The UK Banyamulenge Community Association (http://www.banyamulengeuk.com/) is organising this event to honour those who died on August 13th 2004, support the many UK-based survivors, and bring together all those seeking an end to impunity for mass atrocities.

Similar events are being organised around the world, as the Banyamulenge community campaigns for justice over Gatumba and an end to the violence in Congo, Burundi and the wider region.

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