Monday, 9 February 2009

Genocide memorial Rwanda

111The Kigali Memorial Centre was opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004. The Centre is built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried. These graves are a clear reminder of the cost of ignorance.

The Centre is a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide and serves as a place for people to grieve those they lost.

I visited in January this year during a work visit to Rwanda and Congo.


This centre is a graveyard as well as a memorial. It is built on the site of several massacresthat took place during the 1994 genocide and it looks out over the capital of Rwanda, Kigali. The large concrete squares you can see are mass graves, into which are deposited remains as they continue to be discovered throughout Rwanda. Nearly 1 million died. The mud in the foreground will be the site of the next mass grace once the one being used at the moment is full. There are many such vaults on this site.

You can read more about what I've been up to here.


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