The Kigali Memorial Centre was opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004. The Centre is built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried. These graves are a clear reminder of the cost of ignorance.

The Centre is a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide and serves as a place for people to grieve those they lost.

The Memorial Centre

About The Centre

The Centre in Kigali was created by a joint partnership of the Kigali City Council and the UK-based Aegis Trust. It contains a permanent exhibition of the Rwandan genocide and an exhibition of other genocides around the world.

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Aegis Trust

The Kigali Memorial Centre was implemented by the U.K based Aegis Trust. The Aegis Trust actively seeks the prevention of Genocide world wide.

Survivor Stories

Valentine Iribagiza

I lay down again among the dead bodies. It was three days after the killings, so the bodies stank. The Interahamwe would pass by without entering the room, and dogs would come to eat the bodies. I lived there for 43 days . . .

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About Rwanda

Rwanda is a beautiful country of rolling hills, mountains and grassy lowlands. In French, it has been named ?Pays des Mille Collines? meaning ?Country of a Thousand Hills?. Its beautiful Lake Kivu has one of the most spectacular shorelines in the world.


One of the principle reasons for the Centre's existence is to provided educational facilities. These are for a younger generation of Rwandan children some of whom may not remember the genocide, but whose lives are profoundly affected by it.


The creation of the Kigali Memorial Centre was funded by a number of donors worldwide.