Ntarama Genocide Memorial Centre Rwanda
Ntarama Genocide Memorial Centre is found about 30 kilometers away from the capital of Kigali in the south. Ntarama is a town in the countryside of Kigali Province, situated in an area known as Bugesera. About a 60 minutes’ drive southwards from Kigali, the red-brick church at Ntarama is calmly positioned and shadowed by acacia trees. In case you to visit genocide memorial places in Rwanda, you cannot miss Ntarama because of its rich history regarding the reckless murders that happened here at this site. Ntarama is also among the many tourist sites in Rwanda worth visiting. Ntarama Church, however, is the site where some of the most atrocious killings of the 1994 Rwandan genocide took place. The church at Ntarama was seen as a secure place by almost 5000 people, many of whom women and children went there for safety. However the place was not secure at all for them as they were butchered brutally. The remains of the genocide victims are still visibly there with bones still scattered with insensible chaos where they fell almost two and half decades ago. Their belongings cover the floor; clothes, suitcases, a child’s white sock – the last remnants of a distressed escape for life.
The memorial at Ntarama is not the only one in Rwanda, the country has several other places where the remains of the genocide victims are either buried or preserved for commemoration. Other genocide memorial sites also include Murambi Genocide Memorial center, Kigali Genocide Memorial, Nyamata Genocide Memorial Site and Nyarubuye Genocide Centre. Others are Bisesero Genocide Memorial Centre, Nyanza Genocide Memorial Centre plus the Campaign Against Genocide Museum.
Where Else to Visit in Rwanda?
Genocide tourism is not the only thing to undertake in Rwanda. The country has amazing tourist attractions including Mountain Gorillas. Gorillas in Rwanda live in the Volcanoes National Park where many activities take place as well. gorilla trekking in Rwanda is the topmost tour activity that attracts hundreds of travelers every to visit the country. On the other hand, the beauty of the fastest growing Kigali as well as the country qualifies one of the best holiday safari destinations in the Great Lakes region. Attractions like Nyungwe National Park, the home to chimpanzees and several primates, Akagera National Park where wildlife safaris take place are incredible holiday places worth a visitor’s time and money. Other tourism spots in Rwanda include Musanze caves, Dian Fossey gravesite, Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo, the twin lakes, Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke the many interesting Kigali city tourist attractions among which is the famous Kigali Genocide Memorial. This genocide site is a must visit during the Kigali city tour.