The dignified Rwanda genocide memorial site was constructed in Kigali, in the area of Gisozi and was opened officially for Africa Safari Tour travelers to Rwanda 10 years after the genocide in April of 2004. It is place where the Rwandese pay tribute to their fallen beloved ones who passed on during the bad days of the Rwanda genocide. It can be viewed from across the valley, as a huge modern building, white in color, with terraces; it’s on the right as you slope to Boulevard de Nyabugogo.
It was decorated with a garden of roses outside in the loving memory of the fallen natives. Many things are exhibited in the centre, including the memorial of all the young children that lost their lives back in 1994.
A wall was put up outside, and it displays the different names of the thousands that died during the mass killings of the genocide. Traveling with a tour company like Prime Uganda Safaris will assure you of a tour guide, who will take you around the area, telling you different stories about what really happened, and exposing you to the different skulls and bones of the fallen victims, as well as the graves in which they were buried in.
Founded by the mayor of Kigali, the genocide memorial site was still financed by the revenues collected by the City Council of Kigali . Ironically this implies that the citizen of Rwanda pay through taxes to give dignity to their relatives that died during the 1994 genocide.
Rwanda Safari Visitors will get to see burial ground for over 250,000 people that were killed in a space of just 3 months in the year of 1994. Until now the victims are still being located from in and around the country. Most of them are later relocated and buried at this memorial.
The genocide in question, was ignored by the international community, because it was seen as an internal conflict between the tribes of rwanda, and so it went on and on. It was too late to control as thousands of people had already lost their dear lives in a space of just three months.
A visit to this memorial site is not just for the guest’s benefit, but it contributes directly and indirectly to the social and economic reconstruction of the Rwanda community. Most people in Rwanda even up to now have never found their momentum again, as lots of property was destroyed and business came to a standstill. Come witness and listen to the story yourself!