Investigators for a U.N. war crimes tribunal have begun to unearth the skeletons of genocide victims from a mass grave outside a church in western Rwanda.
Madeleine Albright, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, observed the exhumation at Kibuye, on the eastern shores of Lake Kivu, on Sunday.
Human rights groups believe that about 4,000 people seeking shelter in the church in Kibuye were killed and their bodies stacked inside the building during the Rwandan genocide campaign in 1994. The bodies were buried at several sites near the church, they say.
The Rwanda war crimes tribunal has indicted eight people for genocide and crimes against humanity in the Kibuye massacre.