Prince Harry has visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial to pay his respects to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, in which a million people were murdered simply because of their identity.
Going to the Memorial during his recent visit to Rwanda, the Prince was guided through permanent exhibitions which document the genocide and its aftermath, before laying a wreath at mass graves on the site where 250,000 victims of the genocide have their final resting-place.
The Kigali Genocide Memorial is the result of collaboration between Rwandan authorities and the Aegis Trust, born from the UK National Holocaust Centre. Opened in 2004, the Memorial became the starting-point for peace and values education now built into Rwanda’s national schools curriculum. Strengthening community resilience against division, it has inspired leaders from divided communities internationally to partner with the Aegis Trust on their own peacebuilding.
“I was and am profoundly moved by what I have witnessed”, Prince Harry wrote in the Kigali Genocide Memorial visitors book. “What an incredible show of unity and resilience we now see. Thank you for showing us all the way to healing and forgiveness. You are setting an example across the World, every single day.”