Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda

Remembrance wall at Kigali Genocide Memorial - photo by Rob McFarland

Remembrance wall at Kigali Genocide Memorial – photo by Rob McFarland

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Aug 18, 2018

Visiting a memorial that chillingly describes how a million people were murdered in a 100-day killing spree is probably the last thing you’ll want to do when you arrive in Rwanda. But you should. Firstly, to pay your respects, but also because it might be the only reminder you’ll get. So miraculous has been Rwanda’s recovery since the horrific genocide in 1994, it’s hard to believe the atrocities happened in the same place.

Located in Kigali’s Gisozi district, a 10-minute drive from the centre of the capital, the Kigali Genocide Memorial opened in April 2004 on the 10th anniversary of the genocide. The first section describes the complex series of events that led to the civil war between Rwanda’s two main ethnic groups, the Hutus and Tutsis. Interestingly, the initial distinction between them wasn’t based on ethnicity at all – it was socio-economic.

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