Built in Rwanda’s capital at a site where some 250,000 victims of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide lie buried, the Kigali Genocide Memorial is a place of remembrance and learning which hosts tens of thousands of visitors each year, from Rwandan school students to international celebrities and politicians.
In Tripadvisor’s 2015 ‘Travellers Choice’ awards, it is one of the top ten landmarks to visit in Africa.
Established by the Aegis Trust in 2004 at the request of the Rwandan authorities, the Memorial continues to be run by Aegis under contract to CNLG – Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide.
Comprising exhibitions, memorial gardens, educational facilities and the Genocide Archive of Rwanda, the Memorial plays a vital role within Rwandan national, social and cultural identity as a place of remembrance for survivors and education, both for the young and for wider Rwandan society. It is also a site of learning highly relevant to the international community, as policy makers strive to improve response to mass atrocities and the effectiveness of systems for prevention.