On Monday 14 June, a group led by Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., the famous American civil rights activist, visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda to learn more about the history of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and to pay respects to the victims.
Established by the Aegis Trust in 2004 at the request of the Rwandan Government and Kigali City Council, the Kigali Genocide Memorial continues to be run by Aegis today on behalf of CNLG (Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight against Genocide) as a place both of remembrance and learning for a new generation.
Upon arrival at the memorial, the group began their visit by laying wreaths at the mass graves which are the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the genocide.
The group then went on to visit the memorial’s exhibitions, which not only cover the genocide in Rwanda but also highlight the continuation of genocide and mass atrocities through recent history.
The visit ended with the Rev. Jesse Jackson leaving a message of hope in the memorial’s guestbook:
“May God save us from evils.”