Genocise Sites in Rwanda
Are you interested in dark tourism and you do not know where to pay a visit to Africa? Well, when you think of dark tourism in Africa, Rwanda is that one country you need to consider a must to visit. While here, you get the best of what took place around 1994, a memory that still remains as a very regrettable event in life. It was at a time that a civil war between the Hutus and Tutsis took place where about a million lives were claimed within just 3 months’ time with thousands left homeless and sought refuge in nearby countries.
Today, many visitors to Rwanda for gorilla trekking and habituation experience pay a visit to most of the genocide sites that serve as a reminder of such a terrific event of time and indeed appeal that never should it happen again! These sites showcase the remains, photos as well as personal belongings of the victims especially their shoes and clothes. The notable sites for you to visit to get the best of dark tourism in Rwanda include;
- Murambi Genocide Site
It is from this site that over 2700 individuals lost their lives at a time of the horrific event. Ever since this civil ware stopped, the area was deserted and natives began living in other places. Many corpses up to now are kept and nobody is allowed to distract these centers. Because of Rwanda’s booming tourism sector, this school has been refurbished and today serves as an exhibition site. For visitors who have paid a visit to this place are also get free information pertaining to the intriguing history of this nation. Besides the exhibits of corpses, you will find the kept burial rooms. While here, you will be taken around by some of the survivors who will then tell you what occurred at a time. At this area, one mass grave was dug to give a decent burial for the victims. This site lies within the grounds of former Murambi technical school just close to Murambi town.
- Kigali Genocide Memorial Site
This site lies about 10 minutes’ drive away and lies within Gisozi. This site is where 250000 victims were buried and displays the skulls, photos and many other things. While outside this site you will find a garden and various mass graves where tourists, survivors and relatives pay a visit.
- Bisesero site
Bisesero site is approximately 60 kilometers’ drive off Kibuye and about 40000 victims were buried here. The site tells a story of resistance the Tutsis posed against the Hutus in Bisesero hill.
- Ntarama Genocide Site
This takes you approximately 1 hour to drive from Kigali and this was previously a catholic church. Over 5000 victims were killed and this site is smaller than other church sites. The Tutsis came to this area to seek refuge thinking that it was a safer area but their surprise, they were attacked by Hutus.
- Nyarubuye Genocide Memorial Site
This memorial site is situated within 140 kilometers off Kigali and it is where over 2000 genocide victims were buried. It is believed that Sylvester Gacumbitsi the Mayor of the district at a time got involved in the distribution of arms and encouraged the Hutus to use rape and later maim and murder the Tutsis. Compared to Ntarama and Nyamata centers, the Nyarubuye genocide site was restored into a church and currently, it is used by people in this area with the memorial site just around it.
- Nyamata Memorial Site
This genocide memorial site is located within a former church about 30 kilometers’ drive south of Kigali in Bugesera. About 25000 victims were buried in this place making it a few dark sites in the land of thousand hills. It is here that most Tutsis gathered thinking that it was a very safe area as churches were looked at as safe areas. Unfortunately, this became a main death trap for them and they locked themselves here and the Hutu militias forced themselves in using grenades and reigned on them using machetes. At this place, you will find national IDs, clothes of the victims and many other exhibits.
- Nyanza genocide memorial site
This site is situated within Kigali Ecole Technique Officielle in Kicukiro district. It serves as the ground for the genocide anniversary celebrations that take place each year in April. About 10000 victims that were left by the Belgian UN peacekeeping forces were buried here.
- Gisenyi Genocide Site
The Gisenyi genocide center is located within the Gisenyi area and it is from here that more than 12000 remains of victims who were murdered at a time. This features as the first genocide memorial center to be established by the help of Ibuka. In addition, the ministry of youth, sports, and culture also contributed significantly. The bodies of the victims were laid to rest at this site after they were got from Nyundo and the nearby Corniche.