The Kigali Genocide Memorial center is a burial site for over 250,000 victims of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide found in Gisozi-Kigali. The Kigali Genocide Memorial was started and still run by Aegis Trust, a UK based Genocide prevention on behalf of the Rwanda National commission for the fight against Genocide.
This genocide was based on tribal ethnical differences between the Tsutsis and the Hutus where over 800,000-1,000,000 Rwandese became victims of this tremendous massacre in a period of just 100days. Hundreds of people were displaced, others flew and became refuges in the neighboring countries while the biggest number of them were brutally slaughtered including the UN peacekeepers.
Human remains of the genocide victims were brought from different places all over Rwanda and buried at this memorial center in mass graves. Some were picked from the streets, forests and others from in the riverbanks where they were thrown.
The Kigali Genocide Memorial exhibits Rwanda’s nightmare and a historical context of the terrible Genocide. It documents full detailed information about the victims including their names, photos, their last words and the manner in which they were killed.
The Kigali Memorial Center is facilitated with an Education center, Memorial gardens and a National documentation center. All these contribute to a meaningful tribute to the genocide victims and form a powerful education tool for the next generation.
The putting up of the Kigali Genocide Memorial will at least make the next Rwanda’s generation and the world at large learn to have a sense of humanity when they visit this Memorial. Racism, tribalism and other forms of mass discrimination among fellow humans are expected to be stopped among people.
The Kigali Genocide Memorial is the main Memorial Center however there are as well other Memorials where the remains of other hundreds of the terrible Genocide perished victims were buried. Others include;
- Bisesero Genocide Memorial Center
- Murambi Genocide Memorial Center
- Ntarama Genocide Memorial Center
- Nyamata Genocide Memorial Center
- Nyanza Genocide Memorial Center
- Camp Kigali Belgian Monument
NOTE; No visitor comes to Rwanda and leaves without visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial as it is one of the tourists’ favorite sites in Rwanda.
Spice up your Tour by visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Trust me, visiting this place won’t leave you the same. The emotion created will forever stay printed in your heart.
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