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Ntarama Church

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Address: Kigali, Rwanda
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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this church is incredibly moving. recommend going after the genocide museum in order to have context to the destruction and loss of life seen at the churches. a must see to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

this church is incredibly moving. recommend going after the genocide museum in order to have context to the destruction and loss of life seen at the churches. a must see to understanding the horrors and appreciating how far the country and its people have come in reconciliation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The 20,000 Tutsi that were murdered during the 1994 genocide are remembered within this church. There cloths and belongings are still there and hundreds of skulls and bones are located within the church. The guide was excellent. It is a must stop for any visitor in Rwanda

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Morristown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Visiting the site of such cruel and inhuman treatment by one human to another is very moving. The site is preserved so well it looks like it all just happened. You cannot help but be moved by the events and what took place in this country and seeing where it happened makes it real. We must never let things like... More 

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East Hampton
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Visit this memorial - it will break your heart to realize how the world should have helped Rwanda and what happens when people ignore the pleas of humanity. The Sunday School building in the back of the church is particularly heart wrenching.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Definitely a deep experience to process. Reading about this place is very different from being there. I'm glad I went and also feel deep respect for the Rwandan people in their grieving and healing process. There is much for the world to see in this place. We sensed the people who died there are still working for all to heal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Ntarama Church is incredibly well preserved and a powerful reminder of the genocide. The piles of clothing in the church block a lot of light, which is quite fitting considering the circumstances. Belongings of the victims are on display, as are human remains. A few other buildings are on the premises, including a school where children hid and were ultimately... More 

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Kigali, Rwanda
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

When I visited this place, I talked to genocide survivors who survive killing that happens in this church. They were coming from Kanzenze, Nyamata, kuri arete and they were thinking that no one can come and kill people who are in the house of God, but unfortunately murderers have entered in killing more than 20 000 people... I heard an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The most shocking of the genocide sites because it is so well persevered. It was an in-your-face reminder of how brutal man can be. Because it still has the blood and skeletal remains of the very young, it is not advisable for children.

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Kigali, Rwanda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

First, I wish I had known that it is necessary to acquire a permit in order to photograph inside of the Ntarama and Nyamata churches. We hired a driver to take us to both churches. It is a very pleasant drive from Kiyuvu out to Bugesera -- fascinating to watch everyone walking and biking and moto-ing along the road. The... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I cannot describe this site with words it deserves. It is a church full of memories of unbelievable horror. The bloodied disintegrating clothing and the skulls and bones of the victims of the Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda, 1994. Just go and ponder.

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