In 2000 the Kigali City Council began to erect the shell of a building which was to
become a memorial centre. Aegis was invited to turn the aspiration for a centre
into a reality.

Genocide memorialisation has every element to further divide an already
severed society. Avoiding the exacerbation of division and providing a shared
forum for peace-building is not without complication at a site where the
narrative by default is largely a negative one.

Such a site must ensure that the tragic, traumatic experience of the victims and
survivors is recognised; it must also find the means to do this that do not create an
impossible burden of guilt for the wider population. It must empower the whole of
society to engage constructively with its lessons for the benefit of the future.
In addition to funds already committed to the feasibility and foundation
projects generated from tax revenue, a further US$2m was required for the Kigali
Memorial Centre and a further $700,000 for the Centre at Murambi.

These funds were eventually committed by members of the international community,
including The William Jefferson Clinton Foundation,The Government of Sweden,
The Royal Embassy of the Netherlands,The Embassy of Belgium and the UK's
Department for International Development.

Project funds for the establishment of the centres have not as yet been
complemented by revenue funding for sustaining the centres. As the centres are
designed to deliver educational programmes to high-school students, sourcing
this funding remains an urgent priority. The effectiveness of the centres depends
largely on their programme budget, an essential tool for ongoing delivery.

Electricity is paid for by in-kind donation by Electrogaz.

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