THE KIGALI GENOCIDE MEMORIAL CENTRE

 

On every  Rwanda safari, a visit to the Kigali genocide memorial centre is  truly a worth experience as you get to know more about  the 1994 Rwanda slaughter. The Kigali genocide memorial is located in Gisozi of Kigali the capital city of Rwanda; it was constructed to commemorate the Rwanda genocide against the Tusti.

The Rwandan genocide occurred in 1993 between the 7th April and 15 July during the Rwanda civil war. The Rwandan civil war was led by the late Fred Rwigyema who Invaded Rwanda from north, coming south of Uganda. Fred Rwigyema died after the third day of the war and command was taken by his deputy Paul kagame.

The rebels came under a flag of the Rwandan patriotic front that was composed of the Tutsi refugees. The Rwanda genocide was sparkled off by the assassination of Juvenal Habyarimana on April 1994.  This genocide was against the Tusti, twa and the moderate Hutu.

Over 10000 deaths occurred in Rwanda of which 70% were the Tutsi. The rebels killed many people, villagers, neighbors and families killed each other and there was a high sexual violence with over 250, 000 women  were raped during the genocide.

The memorial centre holds over 250,000 remains of the victims of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. This site has a section for those want to get to know more about the genocide and the students’ area. This place is also used as a burial ground for the beavered of the genocide victims.

The remains of the victims were collected across the country and they brought and buried in lots of 10000.  The Kigali genocide memorial is among the five genocide sites in Rwanda and these include Nyarubuye, Nyamata, Ntarama, Bisesero and Murambi located in the different regions of Rwanda.

The Rwanda genocide memorial centre construction begun in 2000 with the help of the Aegis trust, the Aegis trust manages the centre on behalf of the National commission for the fight against Genocide. The Aegis trust is an NGO that was founded in 2000 to prevent worldwide genocides. The Aegis trust helped in collecting of data that was to be installed in the center, they imported three graphical exhibits that were written in three languages that were to be installed in the memorial centre.

The interior of the memorial was constructed beautifully; the interior of the centre has various documents concerning the history of the genocide.

The upstairs of the centre has three permanent exhibitions of which one is a children’s memorial exhibiting the intimate detailed of the last words spoken by the children before there kill, their toys, manner in which  they were killed and life sized photos of the children.

The other permanent exhibition documents the terror side of the Rwanda genocide of 1994. This is the largest of the three exhibitions.

The third exhibition shows the world wide   history of genocide violence and how it has impacted the people across the globe. There are also informative audio tours at the Kigali genocide memorial.

The beauty with scares at the Kigali genocide memorial is truly a must see on every safari in Rwanda. Besides the genocide sites, one can visit the three national parks of Rwanda for gorilla trekking , primate life , wildlife viewing in volcanoes national park, Akagera national park, Gishwati  mukura national park and  Nyungwe national park .

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