Kigali

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The Capital City

Sprawling over several hills and verdant valleys, the flowering tree-lined streets and boulevards of this modern city are much calmer than those of neighbouring Kampala (Uganda) and Nairobi (Kenya). There is an excellent selection of cafes and restaurants, many with wonderful views over the broad valleys of the city. A wide range of traditional souvenir shops make good stop in between you sightseeing in the city.

 

Nyamata Church

In Bugesera district, south of Kigali, sits the small town Nyamata where shortly after the 7th April 1994 outbreak of the genocide, many ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus took refuge in churches. At the Nyamata Catholic Church, militias killed an estimated 10,000 poeple in and around the grounds between the 14th and 19th of April 1994. The church now serves as a homage to those who perished as well as those who have endured tragedy in the family. The excavated clothing and skeletal remains of the deceased as well as personal stories of survivors are on display.

 

 
 

Kigali Memorial Centre

Walking the streets of Kigali today, it is hard to imagine the 100 days of madness in which an estimated one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were systematically butchered  by the Interahamwe in one of the most savage genocides in history. This centre has been built near the mass graves of 250,000 of those who perished and attempts to explain the event in context - from the divisive colonial experience in Rwanda and the hainous crimes that took place in 1994 to the aftermath of the genocide and the search for justice. The tour concludes with a section about other masacres of global significance.

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