Kigali Genocide Memorial
The Centre in Kigali was created by a joint partnership of the Kigali City Council and the UK-based Aegis Trust.
It is situated in the Gasabo district about 3 km from the Kigali City Center. The Kigali Genocide Memorial is the best known and most visited memorial site in Rwanda because of its easy accessibility. Tourists arriving at the Kigali International Airport will find the site an easy drive from the airport or from one of the many hotels located in and around Kigali.
The remains of around 258,000 people have been gathered from different districts of Kigali and were buried in the cemetery of this memorial site. The operation of burying the victims’ corpses that have been found all over the city in ditches and toilets is still going on. Since 2000, Kigali City began the treatment of different objects which could serve as material proof of the genocide (clothes, bones., and other objects like weapons that were used during the genocide).
The Kigali Genocide Memorial contains oral testimonies collected from different Kigali city quarters, documents, publications, human bones and skulls that have been treated for conservation and weapons used during the genocide like machetes, clubs, swords, etc. Kigali Genocide Memorial also contains objects like rosaries, photographs, identity cards, shoes, clothes and pipes abandoned by victims.
The Kigali Genocide Memorial was inaugurated during the tenth commemoration of the genocide victims. The site is divided into different parts like: Three exhibition spaces, the Genocide Archive of Rwanda, a library, a documentation center, an education center for peace and reconciliation, memorial gardens and mass graves.