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Address: Kigali, Rwanda
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This site of the April 1994 massacre has been declared a genocide memorial....

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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One powerful testimony to our failure as humans

I have never felt as I do now reviewing anything. I visited Ntarama church countless times as part of my work. I have also visited genocide memorials elsewhere. Ntarama stands... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2016
Gabriel9431
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Stockholm County, Sweden
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Stockholm County, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

I have never felt as I do now reviewing anything. I visited Ntarama church countless times as part of my work. I have also visited genocide memorials elsewhere. Ntarama stands out in the raw manner in which the brutality is portrayed against the backdrop of a very ordinary hamlet in Nowheresville, Rwanda. I have also never run short of words... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

After visiting the Genocide Memorial and Museum in Kigali, we wanted to visit one of the 400 genocide sites in Rwanda set aside by the government for community memorials. Ntarama Church is one of the closest to Kigali, about 40 minutes by car. We negotiated with a taxi driver to do the round trip for $60. The last 10 minutes... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

A garden is still being built and the buildings are being reformed, so it will change in the next years. Our guide was great, she was able to share a lot of information in a very tender and respectful way.

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Thank Luciana C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

TO GET THERE FROM KIGALI: I went to Nyabugogo Bus Station (on the corner of KN1 and Kigali-Gatuna Rd/RN3) and took a bus to Nyamata (RWF 600 - you can ask people there to be sure you're going to the correct destination, Rwandans are very kind and helpful). It was an one hour trip to get in the bus station... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

I am writing mainly to underscore what other reviewers have said about how challenging emotionally it can be to visit here. You will see the skulls of young children that have been pierced by machetes.... you will see the blood of babies who were smashed against the wall. I found it far more difficult than visiting Yad Vashem.... although the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016 via mobile

There's no way to describe what happened here. You just have to go here, not only to see the horrors that happened but also to be amazed about the way this country and its people has risen from the ashes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016 via mobile

This is a sub-church of the Niyama church. During the same time, Tutsis sought refuge here and were also murdered by Hutu militias in brutal ways. The violence against women and the methods of killing children are horrifying and can be seen in the broken bones that remain. The government were able to purchase surrounding farmland in order to put... More 

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Accra, Ghana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

To be in this place, so sacred, so holy, and then to learn its history left me moved to tears. I would tell every visitor to go and visit. I had the most beautiful young girl (mid-20s) who described how she lived in the bush until she was somehow able to make her way to the Congo. I will never... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

When we arrived, we were the only visitors. The woman working there took us around. There is no entry fee for the visit, but there is a donation box if you feel inclined to contribute. She was very knowledgeable and gave a great tour of the facilities. It took us around half an hour to see everything. It's still being... More 

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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Learned a lot about the genocide of 1994 and how the country is healing and moving forward. I would definitely recommend that anyone traveling to Rwanda should visit this sight.

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