How to get to Murambi Genocide Memorial.
The simple and affordable means of transport is by road transport to Nyamagabe district, Murambi village, Gasaka sector in the Southern Province. The distance is 126 km long from Kigali City. Formerly Murambi was located in Nyamagabe commune in Gikongokoro prefecture which was formed after merging former communes of bufundu, Nyaruguru, Bunyambiriri and Buyenzi in 1963 .
This place was feared by many due to the many dead bodies and the skeletons which made history in 1959 as one of the greatest massacre regions. Killings were mostly in Bufundu region during Belgian Authority lead by Rwasibo Jean. The Belgian Authority had the same aim of killing the Tusti people massively, they planned and designed on how to do it. For a successful plan, Tusti were forced to migrate to Kibungo and Bugesera desert region, the breeding place for Tsetse Flies. This highly affected the innocent souls leading to a big percentage being killed. These included women, men, and children that were mercilessly killed.
For a few Tusti, hide and others fought for their lives. Later settled, carried out different economic activities and developed it. The killing climaxed in 1994 due to the continued built hatred from time to time. At the end of the genocide, bodies of the victims in that area and in the neighborhood were collected in 1995. Be an eye-witnessed in this century to have a look at these preserved bodies in this Murambi genocide center though others were already buried.
Murambi genocide center has different rooms(sections) unique displays.
At the reception (Entrance): This is located at the entrance of the center where travelers are explained to have a brief knowledge of the chronology of the history that led to the tragic genocide in 1994.
Cemetary section: Historically more than 50,000 victims were buried here. The guide will accompany you throughout from start to the end and in this place, flowers are planted.
Technical school section: Bodies of the victims are preserved for any visitor both natives and non-natives to be an eyewitness in the nature of how the victims were killed. A large percentage of the victims were killed here of about 1,000-1,200 bodies and were preserved together.
Trenches section: In this section, bodies of the victims were cast after their slaughtered. A French flag was raised in the volleyball pitch after the murder near a military camp.