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Description: This site of the April 1994 massacre has been declared a genocide...
This site of the April 1994 massacre has been declared a genocide memorial. It remains a solemn tribute to those who were slain, the bones and belongings of the dead still lying among the aisles and the altar.
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the second church where people sought refuge. The back building with the clothes and blood is even more horrifying. Why and how does genocide keep happening.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

the second church where people sought refuge. The back building with the clothes and blood is even more horrifying. Why and how does genocide keep happening.

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nottingham, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is an ideal place to visit after the main genocide memorial in Kigali - it is quite a contrast but a good counterpoint and gives a more personal feeling to the story. The explanation from the guide was excellent - heartfelt and very moving

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

It's worth the trip out of Kigali to visit this preserved church, where thousands of people were murdered during the Rwanda genocide. It is an upsetting experience, but one that really helps you understand the horror of the time.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The place is roughly ready for tourism but they are improving it. The guides are not very keen on English, but they are Rwandese history students on internships. I strongly recommend this memorial to those who are strong enough to see how things were left when the genocide started. If you are not, just go to the memorial on Kigali,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I would highly recommend a visit to this AND Nyamata. Both can easily be done by car or moto (we agreed 8000rwf for a moto to take us to both and wait, tipped to increase to 10000rwf). We left Kigali just after 9am and were back just after 12:30. There is preservation work taking place at Ntarama and they are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

It was devastating to see the bones, skulls of people who were killed. The extent of the death toll was terrible but very heartening to see people have chosen to forgive and move forward.

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Dakar, Senegal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This was incredibly hard to visit, but also extremely important. We were greeted by a guide who walked us through the church and adjoining facilities-- it's hard to write a review of such a dark place, but it is a stop that merits experiencing.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

You can't leave without seeing this, but I'm conflicted about giving it 5 stars or calling it "excellent". It's a building where hundreds of people were massacred after seeking sanctuary from the perpetrators. The guide was wonderful and answered questions, she even tolerated a group of British school kids who were complete brats. How do you rate a place full... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Very moving, very grim. Standard guide led us through the church and neighboring buildings. Workers were engaged in preservation efforts, plus work on garden area. An hour or so from Kigali and smaller than the Nyamata church/memorial.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I have visited this site twice and both times I so was moved by the experiences of the local community that suffered so much here. The guides are survivors and quite knowledgeable. There's a wall where the names of victims are engraved.

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