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Genocide Memorial Centres in Rwanda 

Genocide Memorial Centres in Rwanda

The Genocide Memorial Centres in Rwanda were set up in loving memory of the 1994 genocide. During this genocide, close to a million people died. Following the 1994 genocide that gripped the country at large, the government decided to set up various genocide memorial centres in different areas of the country to protect the remains and remember the lives of those that perished in this reckless and inhuman holocaust. These genocide centres were also to remind the countrymen and women plus the international community of the need to make peace and co-exist as human beings without undue hatred and enmity based of ethnicities. These genocide memorial museums are some of the tourist attractions in Rwanda where people visit to learn more about the massive murders of 1994 and to remember the victims. Since some of the genocide museums are found in the capital of Rwanda, they form part of the Kigali City tourist sites that are commonly toured during the Kigali city tour. Below are the various genocide memorial centres in Rwanda among which the leading museum is the Kigali Genocide Memorial that recieves the biggest number of tourists:-

Rwanda Genocide Memorials

Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre

The Kigali Genocide Memorial is a tourist attraction where 250,000 victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide are buried, a clear aide memoire of the price of lack of knowledge.

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Bisesero Genocide Memorial Centre

Bisesero Genocide Memorial Centre is placed in the hills of the Western Kibuye province where some 30,000 people were butchered. The region around Bisesero became known for the acts of resistance from Tutsis who tried to arrange themselves against the mass murders. This was generally unproductive as they were fighting with sticks against well-armed and trained soldiers. The memorial site consists of 9 small buildings which symbolize the nine communes that formerly made up the province of Kibuye. Now the site where the memorial was built is called the “Hill of Resistance” because of the people’s resistance against their murderers.

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Murambi Genocide Memorial Centre

This genocide site in Nyamagabe District in the Southern Rwanda was a technical school where 27,000 people were killed. The victims are preserved here.

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Nyanza Genocide Memorial Rwanda

At the beginning of the genocide in April 1994, over 2,000 Tutsis took refuge in the École Technique Officielle (ETO) was a Salesian secondary school in Kigali, Rwanda. On April 11, 1994 ETO school on the outskirts of Kigali, protected by the United Nations Peace Keeping force.

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Nyamata Genocide Memorial Site

The site was a church where 2,500 people were killed. There are graphic and audio-visual displays on rape, brutalization of women and use of HIV as a genocide weapon.

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Nyarubuye Genocide Memorial 

The Nyarubuye genocide site was a convent and school where 20,000 people were killed as they tried to flee over to the Tanzanian border. In 2003, the school became practical again; the convent remains empty.

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Ntarama Genocide Memorial Centre

Ntarama Genocide Memorial Centre is a site about 30 km Kigali where roughly 5000 people mainly women and children were killed when they took refuge here.

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Campaign Against Genocide Museum

Campaign Against Genocide Museum is a museum in Kigali demonstartes how the genocide Plan was executed by RPF/A following the withdrawal of UN troops leaving the targeted Tutsi under the mercy of the Genocidaires and how only the RPF/A forces who were in the war of liberation took the unilateral decision to stop Genocide, Rescue victims of Genocide and defeat the Genocidal forces.

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