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Ntarama Genocide Memorial Centre

Ntarama Genocide Memorial Centre

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 Kigali Province, situated in an area known as Bugesera. About an hour’s drive southwards from Kigali, the red-brick church at Ntarama is calmly situated, shadowed by acacia trees. Ntarama Church, nevertheless, is the site where some of the most atrocious carnages of the 1994 Rwandan genocide took place. The church at Ntarama was seen as a secure place by almost 5000 people, many of whom were women and children and who went there for refuge. However Ntarama was not a safe place. The victims of the genocide remain there, their bones still scattered with insensible chaos where they fell almost 19 years ago. Their belongings cover the floor; clothes, suitcases, a child’s white sock – the last remnants of a distressed escape for life.