Kigali Genocide Site

Overview

The Kigali Genocide Memorial is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It honours the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994 through education and peace-building.

In 1999, the City of Kigali provided land where a place of remembrance could be built and where victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi could receive a dignified burial. Construction of the Kigali Genocide Memorial began in the same year and the process of burying victims began in 2001. Today the memorial serves as the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the genocide.
The memorial opened in April 2004 – the tenth commemoration of the genocide. Its completion was made possible by the following organisations:

The City of Kigali
Aegis Trust
Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight against Genocide
Ministry of Sports and Culture
Various governments and international non-government organisations
Today the memorial is funded and managed by Aegis Trust on behalf of the National Commission for the Fight against the Genocide.

HISTORY

In 2000, the Kigali City Council began to construct the shell of a building, which was eventually to become the Memorial Center. Aegis was invited to turn the aspiration for a center into a reality. The Aegis Trust then began to collect data from across the world to create the three graphical exhibits. The text for all three was printed in three languages, designed in the UK at the Aegis head office by their design team, and shipped to Rwanda to be installed.

This memorial center is one of six major centers in Rwanda that commemorate the Rwanda Genocide. The others are the Murambi Memorial Center, Bisesero Genocide Memorial Center and Ntarama Genocide Memorial Center and others at Nyamata and Nyarubuye.[4]

The remains of the people here were brought from all over the capital after they had been left in the street or thrown in the river. They are buried together in lots of 100,000. The memorial was opened in 1999.[4]

The center here started when Kigali City Council and the Rwandan National Commission for the Fight against Genocide commissioned a UK-based genocide prevention organization called Aegis Trust to establish the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center. In April 2004, on the 10th anniversary of the genocide that tore Rwanda apart, the Kigali Memorial Center was inaugurated.

The response from genocide survivors to the creation of the center was unpredictable. In the first week, over 1,500 survivors visited each day. In the first three months of the center’s opening, around 60,000 people from a variety of backgrounds visited it. Over 7,000 of these visitors were from the international community.

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