Kigali Genocide Museum
Sadly, most people still associate Rwanda with the genocide which happened over 100 days in 1994. However, the country has embraced peace and reconciliation and is one of the most dynamic countries in Africa to visit.
Opened on the 10th anniversary of the genocide, the Kigali Genocide Memorial at Gisozi is built on the site where 250,000 victims of the genocide are buried. The memorial museum examines the complex reasons behind what caused the genocide. The wall of names which commemorates those who died is still a work in progress as research into victims is ongoing and many victims remain unknown.
The memorial gardens provide a place for quiet contemplation about the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi. They allow visitors to reflect on how we all have a personal responsibility to prevent discrimination and mass atrocity. The centre also provides support for survivors, in particular orphans and widows.
The genocide affected the whole country and there are memorials throughout the country, some are gardens where visitors can pause in quiet contemplation, others contain skulls and remains of victims, a shocking reminder of the violence done. This includes the Camp Kigali Belgian Monument, Nyanza Genocide Memorial, Ntarama Genocide Memorial, Nyamata Genocide Memorial and the Murambi Genocide Memorial.