AFP - Nearly 20,000 Rwandans gathered Tuesday at an infamous slaughter site to mark 15 years since the outbreak of genocide which saw the massacre of some 800,000 people.
President Paul Kagame laid a wreath at the hill site in Nyanza, where some 5,000 people were butchered four days after a deadly attack on the United Nations Belgian contingent led them to withdraw.
Kagame also lit a torch in memory of the victims, mainly minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus killed across the country by extremist Hutu militia during the 100-day wanton slaughter.
"Nyanza marks the failure of the international community. It is the failure of humanity as a whole," said Benoit Kaboyi, the executive secretary of Ibuka, a genocide survivors' organisation.
Kagame, who has led the country since his then Tutsi rebel group took over in the aftermath of the genocide, is also to lead a symbolic burial of victims' remains in Nyanza.
Rwanda chose Nyanza hill to commemorate the anniversary of the genocide to highlight what Kaboyi also called "the bankruptcy of humanity" during the 1994 massacres.
Kigali has repeatedly accused the world of not doing enough to hunt down genocide perpetrators still at large -- and some nations, notably France, of failing to acknowledge their role in allowing the killings.