Murambi Genocide Memorial Centre is a powerful and stark memorial of the horrendous genocide of 1994 in Rwanda. It is an old technical school where over 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).
Murambi genocide memorial was produced as a mute but chilling eloquent reminder that such events must never be allowed to happen again in Rwanda or any other country. The site is 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 3hrs drive from Kigali, Rwanda capital, and 2hrs drive from Nyungwe National park. You can visit Murambi Museum on your way to or from Nyungwe National Park, a home for 13 primate species, famous for Chimps and colobus monkey tracking, birding and canopy walk.
Murambi genocide memorial is in the Nyamagabe District, Southern Province. It is in the buildings that were intended to host a technical school but later more than 45,000 victims of genocide were killed here perished here. A stark, shocking monument, hundreds of corpses are temporarily preserved and currently displayed in the school.
It is situated in the former zone Turquoise area where French soldiers had their headquarters. They used to play volleyball on top of the mass graves containing those victims before they were exhumed and decently buried. It is the only site with about 850 bodies of the victims of genocide.
Murambi genocide memorial has been developed as a permanent exhibition to the genocide. This museum documents from pre-colonial times to the more recent history of the 1994 genocide. The design focuses on developing a memorial from which the school children and local community can benefit.
African Jungle Adventures can take you around all genocide memorials in Rwanda and share stories about the genocide from survivors found in these places.
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