Sophie pays her respects to victims of Rwandan genocide

The countess travelled to Rwanda while on an official visit to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Sophie pays her respects to victims of Rwandan genocide

The Countess of Wessex has paid her respects to the victims of the genocide in Rwanda.

Sophie visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where the remains of an estimated 250,000 people are interred.

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The Countess of Wessex views some of the human remains of victims of the Rwandan genocide (Jane Barlow/PA)

Sophie was also shown some of the skulls displayed at the site as a reminder of the horror of the atrocity.

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Sophie views photographs of victims of the genocide (Jane Barlow/PA)

She described the memorial as “very moving” in a message in the book of condolence.

“A very moving and fitting tribute to those who were lost, but with hope for the future,” she wrote, signing her message “Sophie”.

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A message written by the countess in the book of condolence (Jane Barlow/PA)

In 1994, hundreds of thousands of members of the Tutsi community were slaughtered in Rwanda by ethnic Hutu extremists.

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The countess lays a wreath at the Kigali Genocide Memorial (Jane Barlow/PA)
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