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Kigali Memorial Centre / Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre

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Address: Gisozi, Kigali, Rwanda
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Description: A permanent memorial for victims of the genocide of 1994. The Centre is...
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.
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A must see when in Kigali

This makes you pause and think about the capabilities of human beings, their cruelty, savageness as well as humility, kind, bigheartedness and compassion.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This makes you pause and think about the capabilities of human beings, their cruelty, savageness as well as humility, kind, bigheartedness and compassion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Even years later, the stories I heard and read at this center seem vivid to me. Deeply moving insight. Take your time and expect to be appropriately shell-shocked by this history that is all too recent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I think if you're visiting Kigali, this is one of those places you're kinda obligated to visit. The memorial is very well done. I learned a lot of details that I wasn't aware of before - a lot on Rwanda's colonial history. Very interesting. The children's room was so heartbreaking, it's unimaginable that this kind of thing could happen anywhere.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The Memorial Center was a real eye opener for me. Having read a lot about the genocide and saw several films, nothing compared to the documentation, Background and breath-taking presentation of the artefacts, Photos and exhibits at the centre. I came out and really needed time to let it sink in. The incredible things humans can do to humans is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Probably the best memorial to genocide and its history we have seen. Personal and moving exhibits of an event that seems to be impossible to have happened to most people's eyes. But it did, not very long ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The Memorial Center gives a good introduction to what happened in Rwanda in 1994, but also the years before and after. The audio guide is very informative. I recommend every visitor to see and learn about Rwandas history and acknowledge what they have been able to achieve since 1994.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

A friend of mine accompanied me to Kigali, but not to the memorial centre. She had been there once already, and I can see why she didn't want to go back. It's a hard visit, but a necessary one. To someone who didn't know what was happening in 1994, I learned a lot about history and human nature. I needed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

If you pass by Kigali, you need to stop by the Memorial in Gisozi. It is really well-done, not too graphic, but still showing you key images that explains what happened in this country 20 years ago. The only disappointment was the very small font used on many banners and signs that make it difficult to read all texts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This site IS well maintain and very nicely looked after. It gives an account of Rwanda history. When we visited it was during the commemoration week and the place was packed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Outside the building are a series of gardens symbolically showing the stages leading to the genocide and the reconciliation afterward. The memorial is a moving tribute to aid this reconciliation. Inside the museum is a wonderful description detailing before the genocide, the evolution of culture leading to the climate for the genocide to occur and the aftermath. Also moving are... More 

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