Official Opening: Kigali Memorial Centre

7th April 2004

The centre was opened on April 7th 2004 by His Excellency Paul Kagame. Dignitaries from all around the world attended the ceremony, placing wreaths of flowers on the mass graves.

7th April 2004

Stained Glass Memorial Window

During the ceremony on the 7th of April, coffins were buried containing victims whose identity was unknown or who had no relatives.

April 7th 2004 witnessed the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, and it has been designated by the UN as an 'International Day of Reflection'.

Rwanda 10 is a programme of activities and events, prepared by people from all walks of life, both in Rwanda and internationally, to mark this anniversary. Rwanda 10 incorporates Rwanda's national programme of commemoration and it has been formally endorsed by the Government of Rwanda, in conjunction with a range of national and international partners. (For further information about the national commemoration please visit the Rwanda 10 website.)

Rwanda Genocide 10 comprises several distinct elements:

In Kigali there will be: 

  • A national ceremony attended by a large international gathering
  • The official opening of the new Kigali Genocide Memorial and Education Centre (in conjunction with the Kigali City Council, Aegis Trust, Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency and Clinton Wasserman Foundation)
  • An international conference on post-genocide issues, incorporating scholars, survivors of genocide from around the world, and the policy community

Around Rwanda there will be:

  • A national programme of commemoration for survivors and their families
  • The official opening of the Murambi Genocide Memorial and Genocide Studies Centre (in conjunction with the National Museum of Rwanda, Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MIJESPOC), Aegis Trust, and Royal Netherlands Embassy, Kigali)
  • A schools twinning programme
  • The preservation and development of several principal sites of the genocide
  • The commitment to bury during 2004 all of the unburied dead

Around the World there will be: 

  • Programmes in many countries associated with Rwanda 10
  • A schools twinning programme
  • Educational seminars
  • Cultural events
  • National and international acts of remembrance