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The culmination of this liberation struggle came after months of intense conflict. In June 1994, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), led by Paul Kagame, launched a decisive campaign to liberate the capital city. After weeks of fierce fighting, the RPF finally defeated the Rwandan Army and took control of Kigali on July 4th. This victory marked the end of the genocide and the beginning of a new chapter in Rwanda’s history.

Immediately following the liberation, the new government, with Paul Kagame at its helm, declared July 4th as Liberation Day. This swift designation underscores the significance of this date in Rwanda’s journey towards peace and reconciliation. Liberation Day serves as a powerful reminder of Rwanda’s resilience and determination to overcome one of the darkest chapters in modern history. It honors the brave individuals who fought to end the oppressive regime and pays tribute to the countless lives lost during the genocide.