During the genocide, bodies floated in the clear waters of Lake Mugesera [Hamza Mohamed/Al Jazeera]
Mabare, Rwanda – It was the first week of April 1994 and a month after the start of the long rainy season. The mountain slopes were a lush green, the fields brimming with bananas, maize and sorghum plants.
Mabare, a village in Rwanda‘s Eastern Province, was an oasis of calm – but trouble was brewing.
On April 6 at around 8:30pm, as people in this lakeside village were preparing to go to bed, about 50km away a surface-to-air missile shot down a jet carrying President Juvenal Habyarimana as it prepared to land in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital.
Habyarimana – an ethnic Hutu – was flying back with his Burundian counterpart, Cyprien