The Genocide Archive of Rwanda is a project initiated by the Aegis Trust in collaboration with Rwanda’s National Commission for the fight against Genocide (CNLG) to document and preserve the memory of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Originally developed in response to the need to store and preserve the information collected during creation of the Kigali Genocide Memorial’s exhibitions, it was formally opened at the Memorial by Prime Minister Bernard Makuza in 2010.
The Archive has since become the World’s leading physical and digital archive of primary source material related to the 1994 genocide, and aims to make this one of the most comprehensively documented and easily researchable genocides of all time.
Its physical archive preserves original audiovisual, documentary and photographic materials in a secure, controlled environment managed to international standards.
Its documentation team gathers material and audiovisual testimony relating to the pre-genocide period, the genocide itself and its aftermath, as well as subsequent reconstruction and peacebuilding.
An increasing amount of this material is made accessible to researchers through the Archive’s online platform. Featuring over 8,000 testimonies, videos, audio clips, photos and documents, the site includes interactive maps which allow users to access information by location. These provide detailed information about the topography and history of memorial sites as well as post-genocide reconstruction and peacebuilding activities across the country. They also offer access to a rich array of location-specific information including audiovisual testimonies from survivors and perpetrators.
Today, the Genocide Archive of Rwanda is a key platform not only for recording the past, but also for a conversation about what that means for the future.