Kigali Genocide Memorial Center

Kigali, Rwanda

Visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum should be on everybody's must-do list when in the area. The memorial is a haunting but stark journey through one of the most savage genocides in history, that took place in this tiny, landlocked country.

This incredible Memorial Center takes you through the story of what happened with enormous visual and emotional impact. It was opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004. It is a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives in the genocide. The Center includes three permanent exhibitions, the largest of which documents the genocide in 1994. Upstairs there is a room dedicated to the children of the genocide which cannot fail to move you and then there is an exhibition room covering other World Genocides. An experience that is exceptionally moving and a valuable insight into the atrocities that occurred, it takes you through the entire period, giving you a complete insight into the genocide in 1994 and the whole lead up to it, right from when the Belgians created the Tutsi and Hutu territories in 1918. This memorial center is a true testament to how the country has recovered in the last 20 years.

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