‘Solid gold!’ Sophie Wessex praised as she pays respects to victims of Rwanda genocide

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Sophie travelled to Rwanda on Wednesday after an official visit to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) earlier this week at the request of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

The Countess of Wessex looked at rows of family photos of victims, reaching out to touch some of the images.

User Evelyn tweeted: “The Countess is a great example of a royal doing their duties with grace and class bravo”

Another user, operating under the handle, Clamouredmask wrote: “The countess is solid gold.”

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

Sophie Wessex

Sophie Wessex praised as she pays respects to victims of Rwandan genocide (Image: Twitter/The Royal Family)

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

The royal wrote: “A very moving and fitting tribute to those who were lost, but with hope for the future.”

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

In total, 800,000 people, including three-quarters of the country’s minority Tutsi population, died during 100 days of slaughter in Rwanda that year.

Sophie travelled to Rwanda on Wednesday after an official visit to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) earlier this week at the request of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

A third user Double Duck said: “Class, compassion and love, Sophie has it all.”

A fourth user Venge tweeted: “I hope Sophie and Edward are made Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh soon!

“They are such hard-working Royals. Sophie has such a loving energy!”

During the trip, Sophie toured the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, South Kivu province, where pioneering and critical medical treatment is given to women who have endured brutal, conflict-related sexual violence and trauma.

The Countess thanked the survivors “from the bottom of my heart” for sharing their stories, adding it was a privilege and an honour to meet them.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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