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Kigali Memorial Centre / Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre

Gisozi, Kigali, Rwanda
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Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in Kigali
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: A permanent memorial for victims of the genocide of 1994. The Centre is built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried, and is a place where... more » Owner description: A permanent memorial for victims of the genocide of 1994. The Centre is built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried, and is a place where many people who lost loved ones in the genocide go to remember and grieve. No entrance fee; donations gratefully accepted. « less
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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

i suggest visiting the memorial centre at the start of your trip to understand what the country endured in 94, not a happy experience but one everyone should take a moment to endure, understand and learn

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Arusha, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

There was so much talk about the Rwandan massacres in the media. I came to grasp with the truth when i visited the memorial in Kigali. It is situated on a sloppy piece of land. The attendant welcomed us and we deposited the flowers we brought on the mass graves outside. He told us 'two hundred and fifty thousand people... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

As a fellow African, I was acutely aware of the impact of the Rwandan Genocide. Nothing brings it home quite like the exhibition of clothing and photographs though...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

Visiting this memorial centre was very impressive and moving. It's so bizarre to read how everything proceeded, an I am still so very much impressed by how the country managed to face the past and work its way to where it is now. This too is explained in the memorial centre. Hopefully in the future the centre will raise more... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

It is difficult for me to understand how neighbors could kill neighbors, including children and babies. The museum was extremely thoughtful in trying to explain all of the events that lead up to the horrors. We visited the memorial in the manner recommended by the greeters at the centre, which means starting in the garden and then moving into the... More

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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

This isn't a fun or exciting place to visit but it's one you must visit if you come to Rwanda. If you take the time to explore and take in everything, the exhibition really forces you to dig deep within yourself and ask some confronting questions. The stories of children killed in the genocide at the end of the exhibit... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

This historical site is amazing and the grounds are beautiful & peaceful. It was an amazing experience to go through the memorial center.

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Take your time when here and be prepared for the need to take a break. This is not for the faint of heart but a necessary reminder of what we are all capable of.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We felt like we had to visit this memorial when we visited Kigali as a mark of respect for what Rwanda suffered and how it has recovered. I can't say it was easy, but it was worthwhile. The tragic events of 20 years ago were put in a historical context and handled honestly but sensitively.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The Rwandan people are remarkable in their recovery, but it is good to see what devastation they went through just 20 years ago.

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