Genocide Memorial Sites in Rwanda

12 Jul

Genocide Memorial Sites in Rwanda

Genocide Memorial Sites in Rwanda

As a result of the 1994 genocide in rwanda. These memorial places were put in place to actually commemorate this dangerous Genocide war. Many people died and it is believed that this war happened for about 100 days. Among the renowned sites in this country are:

Gisozi Memorial site
This place is located in Gasabo district close to Kigali city. This memorial site is recognized to be where most of the Tutsi victims were actually slaughtered by Hutus. However in 2000; the victims from both tribes were buried within the same area. Later in 2004, Gisozi turned into a tourism center and it features a display house, a library, a cemetery and a photo gallery.
The site is intending to provide additional history about the country to the whole world.

Nyanza Memorial Site

Before the genocide in 1994, there was a school in Nyanza called ETO governed by the UN. The UN officials had come to provide security to the Rwandese before the war.There was a school in Nyanza called ETO governed by the UN. These UN officials had come to provide security to the Rwandese before the genocide. As soon as the war began, they returned to their country and all the individuals who had come for refuge here were killed. Since there wasn’t any assistance from UN. Most of the people were actually Tutsis and just a couple of Hutus. Each year on 11th April, a memorial ritual is conducted to commemorate the victims of this cold blood murder.

Murambi Genocide Memorial site

Since this genocide ended, this place was deserted and the natives settled in others places. Several corpses up to date are being preserved and no one is permitted to distract these sites. Due to the fast developing tourism industry in Rwanda, this school has been refurbished and is currently an exhibition. The Tourists that have visited this area also get free information regarding the intriguing history of the country. Other than the displays of corpses, there are also preserved burial-rooms in which tourists can also have clear views.  You will be guided around by some of the survivors who will narrate to you their disheartening experience.  A single mass grave was dug and here the victims were given a descent burial.

Bisesero Memorial site
Bisesero Memorial site is located in Karongi district on the lower slopes of Kibuye region in western Rwanda. Allot of  people were killed in this region. They were presented by the French soldiers because of their braveness and the opposition they displayed. This was the  place of  the Tutsis as they organized to stand up against the Massacre. Due to their weak weapons, most of them were murdered by the Hutus. The Bisesero Memorial site is comprised of nine small structures which symbolize the Nine communities which initially formed the kibuye region. Today the site is referred to as Hill of Resistance because of the brave resistance exhibited by the Bisesero people against their opponents.

Ntarama Memorial site
Ntarama genocide site is located about 30 kilometers from Kigali in Bugesera. it is an  hour drive from the capital Kigali city. Approximately more than 25000 people were murdered within the church in the war. Several People had gone to seek refuge there since it was the sole safe place to be. Several people were murdered mostly women and children. Since the genocide, this church was not tampered with and today it is a display site.

Gisenyi Memorial site
Gisenyi memorial site is located in Gisenyi peripheries. Approximately 12000 remains of victims killed in the 1994 genocide are kept here. It’s recognized as the very first memorial site established through the help of Ibuka. The ministry of  the youth, sports & culture in addition made a very great contribution. The bodies that were buried at this site were collected from Nyundo and the area of Corniche.

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Why Rwanda is Known as Luxury Travel Destination


Rwanda evolving a new Luxury Travel Destination

Over years, Rwanda is that one country that the world thought that they would never become what they are now. Genocide was such a horrific event in their life that left many of them in regrets, terrified and worse still, it never remained indoors but it was in the lips of everyone worldwide. Most people lost their lives during the genocide and several memorial sites that are widely distributed, they have become a few most sought after tourist attractions by most travelers and hence making this remarkable country East Africa’s leading luxury safari destination. Today, when you visit rwanda, you may not believe it as development has taken a main path. Ever since this controversial event stopped, the remarkable Rwanda has kept on unfolding its story with lots of hopes and nationals who became victims felt it in reality and they are witnessing how the nation is graduating from its past to current state.Rwanda’s clean streets, hospitable people, rolling hills and new developments in Kigali city makes it a distinct travel destination. Rwanda’s beautiful primates including mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park, chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest national park and the big five (lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants and Rhinos) reward travelers with memorable travel experiences. Between 2010 and 2016, Rwanda Development Board achieved a double increase in tourism revenue from $200 million to over $400 million while the number of travelers to Rwanda has increased to over 1.7 million in 2018 a clear indication of success. Rwanda’s steady progress and tourism success is all attributed to the good governance of HE Paul kagame together with respective government bodies who have together put Rwanda on the world travel map. The things that make Rwanda a luxury travel destination include among others.

Rwanda features a number of international luxury hotel, lodges, camps  and restaurants in different parts of the country tells have helped in meeting visitors’ demand. Most interestingly, several luxury accommodation facilities have been set up and more are yet to be constructed. The notable ones include Serena Hotel, Marriot property, Bisate Safari Lodge and the 292 up market facility that was set up at the center of Kigali by the pomp Radisson Blu Hotel Group in 2016. If you are looking for classic restaurants then look no further than The Heaven Restaurant and Boutique Hotel as well as the Historical Hotel Des Milles Collines which featured in Hotel Rwanda movie. Besides, there are several up market safari lodges for you to spend a night in any park of your choice and among many include Bisate Safari Lodge, Volcanoes Virunga Lodge at Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe House, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge, Ruzizi Tented Lodge and others.

Exclusive gorilla experience is undeniably a major safari highlight for most travelers on vacation in Rwanda.It is a home to three volcanic mountains in the heart of Volcanoes national park available for hiking. These include Mt Karisimbi which is the highest, Mt, Bisoke, and sabyinyo in the borders with Uganda’s Mgahinga gorilla national park. A hike to the summit of any volcanoes rewards you with spectacular views of Volcanoes Park, neighboring communities and other attractions in neighboring countries. Also, the slopes of these volcanoes shelter mountain gorillas and other wild animals which travelers a chance to meet these endangered species without notice. Rwanda hiking tours also include hiking to the Dian Fossey graveyard, an American primatologist who lost her life in trying to safe the gorillas.