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“Shocking - Moving - Important” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Murambi Genocide Memorial Center

Murambi Genocide Memorial Center
Butare, Rwanda
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Butare
Type: Specialty Museums
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“Shocking - Moving - Important”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2010

An 'attraction' of this gravity and meaning does not lend itself well to a review, so allow me just to say that anyone who is serious about getting to know Rwanda, the collective memories of the Rwandese people, and the things they must overcome should go.

It's impossible for me to think of genocides in abstract terms any longer. Highly recommended.

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“Murambi Genocide Memorial Centre - you must visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2010

Murambi Genocide Memorial Centre is a powerful and stark memorial of the horrendous genocide which took place in Rwanda. It is an old technical school were up to 60,000 people sought shelter from the interahamwe during the genocide. Approx 1,800 bodies of the 27,000+ exhumed from mass graves are on show in otherwise bare rooms (previously classrooms). It is incredibly powerful and there is no other memorial like it apparently in Rwanda. The memorial was produced as a mute but chilling eloquent reminder that such events must never be allowed to happen again. I think it is well worth a visit as you will never ever see anything like this anywhere else and if you did not think that you could fully comprehend the horrors of the 100 days of Genocide in 1994 then this memorial will make it very real. It is 2km north of Gikongoro which is close to Huye (formerly Butare).

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“Saddest thing I've ever seen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2008

It is difficult to find the words to describe the Murambi genocide memorial. It was a technical school, until 45,000 people were killed inside its walls in April 1994. Today, the bodies of over 800 of the victims can still be seen, preserved in lime, in the rooms where they were killed. It is *incredibly* graphic - I could hardly sleep the night after I went there - and it makes the horror of the genocide clear like nowhere else I have been. (Although I went to the Nyamata and Ntarama sites before this one, and I think it helped to see all of them - it helped me get my head around the idea of so much death before I went to Murambi.)

This is NOT a place to go with young children, or if you're genuinely alarmed by the prospect of looking at bodies. Right now there isn't any other visitor infrastructure there - the exhibition hall that's supposed to eventually be there hasn't been completed yet - so there's no reason to go if you wish to avoid seeing the bodies. I think people should go, though; it makes the genocide real, to people who didn't live through it, even more (in my opinion) than the Auschwitz museum makes the Holocaust real.

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