Kigali Genocide memorial.

Kigali
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Duration

2 to 3hours

Cancellation

No Cancellation

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English, Francais

Kigali Genocide Memorial is a center of remembrance and learning. As a burial place of our beloved ones, the site holds a special place in our hearts. At the facility, the genocide is documented and preceding events are broken down in graphical presentations.

The tour of the site is a History lesson highlighting the divisive colonial experience and the ensuing post-colonial hate propaganda that gave birth to the genocide ideology and consequently, the atrocities of 1994. More than 250,000 victims are buried here and their names are inscribed on a wall built near their shared graves.

Before embarking on my latest tour of the facility, I sat down in a video room and watched a short film depicting a harmoniously constructed society turning into hell. As I sat there and followed stories told by survivors, I wished what I was seeing was a mere trailer of a horror movie.

It wasn’t my first time there but once again, I went through every stage of the tour reading everything on those walls and playing every video in a bid to revisit the historical context of the genocide.

After pre-genocide sections, subsequent exhibits were not easy to stomach. As the story of the outbreak of the Genocide unfolded, the emotional onslaught intensified.

The children’s section upstairs was even more disturbing. Photos of adorable kids are framed up with basic information revealing their favorite toys, food, friends, last words uttered and the type of death they succumbed to.

At some point during this grievous tour, I read an extract from a survey conducted by UNICEF. According to this survey, 80% of the 3,000 children interviewed experienced death in the family during the genocide. 70% of them witnessed brutal murders. 88% saw dead bodies or body parts and 90% believed they would die. You know you have sunk to the bottom of the abyss when 90% of your children believe they will not see tomorrow.

While paying homage to our beloved ones, I got yet another opportunity to examine circumstances that led to the killings and ponder the country’s healing and reconstruction process. The past cannot be undone. There is no reset button. However, we have what it takes to write the script of our bright future

Highlights

  • Exhibitions
  • The Kigali Genocide Memorial includes three permanent exhibitions, the largest of which documents the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. There is also a children’s memorial and an exhibition on the history of genocidal violence around the world. The Education Center, Gardens, and Genocide Archive of Rwanda form part of a meaningful tribute to those who perished, and provide a powerful educational tool for visitors.
  • Visitor Information
  • The Kigali Genocide Memorial welcomes visitors seven days a week, however on the last Saturday of every month, the memorial is open from 1:00pm to 5:00pm due to Umuganda, when all Rwandans meet to undertake community work.
  • Education
  • The Kigali Genocide Memorial is an important place of remembrance and learning about the Genocide against the Tutsi. It is through education that we can prevent mass atrocities from occurring in our communities. A number of education programmes are run by the memorial, both onsite and in communities across Rwanda

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  • Specialized bilingual guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Additional Services
  • Transport
  • Insurance

0 – 3 hours

English
Francais

community
History

Activity's Location

Kigali

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Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.

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