The Kigali Genocide Memorial centre conceived to engage and challenge an international visitor base is located in Gisozi about ten minutes from Kigali city centre. It is the final resting place and memorial of an estimated 250,000 victims of the 1994 brutal genocide against the ethnic Tutsi’s of Rwanda. The remains of victims left on the streets or dumped in the rivers after been slaughtered were brought from several parts of the capital and buried together in large numbers.
Precisely in April 1994 organized mass killing of defenceless citizens where been reported to be taking place inside of Rwanda with the world not finding the atrocities worthy of attention under the guise of it being a tribal-based ethnic violence, with the Tutsis the victims and the Hutus as the perpetrators. The actual number of people murdered during the genocide remains speculative with estimates hovering between 500,000 and over a million
The Kigali memorial centre has a well-documented account of the genocide including the country’s history prior to the genocide and is one of six major centres in Rwanda commemorating the Rwanda Genocide. Others are the Murambi, Bisesero, Ntarama, Nyamata and Nyarubuye Genocide Memorial Centers
In the year 2000 Works on the Kigali Memorial began after the Kigali City Council and the Rwandan National Commission for the Fight against Genocide engaged AEGIS Trust a United Kingdom genocide prevention organization to set up the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. The centre was officially inaugurated in April 2004 the 10th anniversary of the genocide.
The upper floor of the memorial comprises of three permanent exhibitions spaces with the largest documenting the historical perspective of 1994 genocide, a children’s memorial, having their life-sized photos with very intimate details of their favourite toys, their last words and the how they were killed. There is also exist an exhibition space on the history of genocidal violence around the world.
The Education Centre, Memorial Gardens and National Documentation Centre of the Genocide centre are essential in paying deserved tributes to those who perished and more importantly an educational tool for the future generation.