Entrance to the center
The Kigali Genocide Memorial, in Kigali, Rwanda, commemorates the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
The Aegis Trust, the UK-based genocide prevention organization, was invited to establish the Kigali Genocide Memorial in partnership with the Kigali City Council and the Rwandan National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG).
It was opened in April 2004, the tenth anniversary of the start of Rwanda’s genocide. It is now the hub of the Aegis Trust’s ongoing work in Rwanda. Audiovisual and GPS documentation projects are in progress, recording and substantiating survivor testimony and recording the Gacaca trial process. Since its opening, the Memorial has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors, including local Rwandans, young people and young leaders from around the Great Lakes region, politicians from the Great Lakes region and beyond — from countries throughout Africa and from the wider international community.
Aegis Trust’s initial commission from the Kigali City Council was to develop the memorial site, where up to 250,000 genocide victims were buried in mass graves, into a memorial center and permanent exhibition for the benefit of survivors and young people. Having successfully completed this project, the Aegis Trust now manages the Kigali Genocide Memorial and has been asked to develop it into an internationally significant site with a school of education. Project development and fundraising for this development are currently in progress.
These huge caves, 2km from the town center along the road to Gisenyi (and also accessible from the road to Kinigi) were created when different lava flows joined to create the Albertine Rift Valley. Bat roosts are a significant feature of the caves, as are huge roof collapses that create vast arrays of colored light shafts.
Unfortunately, few people visit the cave due to the high entry price and the fact that you can’t currently buy the entry ticket from the RDB office in Musanze. Instead you have to go all the way to the RDB office just beyond Kinigi (an arrangement that might change in the near future).