My photo collection of the Ntarama memorial covers Christian symbolism, item preservation, and bone displays.

Collection Items

Ntarama: Memorial Exterior
The roof over the Ntarama church protects the church from further decay from weather. A memorial wall was constructed nearby, although most of the memorial name squares are empty. Identification is a difficult process at Rwandan massacre sites, a…

Ntarama: Bone Display
Approximately 5,000 people died at Ntarama in mid-April 1994. The memorial displays exhumed bones on shelves placed at the back of the church.

Ntarama: Site Damage
Rwandan genocide memorials preserve the damage inflicted by perpetrators during the attacks. At Ntarama, Hutu militiamen first attacked Tutsi hidden in the church with grenades and artillery before entering the church. Visitors can see the damage…

Ntarama: Clothing Preservation
Many Rwandan memorials preserve the clothing of Tutsi victims. At Ntarama the clothing drapes alongside the inner wall of the church.

Ntarama: Church Altar
The empty church altar sits amongst coffins of identified victims.

Ntarama: Sunday School Classroom
Located inside the former Ntarama Sunday School building, the memorial preserves the place where perpetrators smashed children against a brick wall. The memorial uses product to preserve the brain matter and blood stains. The stick resting near the…

Ntarama: Remnants of Christianity
Many Christian symbols and artifacts are preserved at Ntarama. Rosaries, crosses, and other Christian totems belonging to victims hang on display. Murals of the Crucifixion are still visible on the walls. Bibles and Sunday School books are also…

Ntarama: Shelves of Bones
Shelves of skulls and other bones rest inside the Ntarama church. The inflicted skull damage often illustrates just how the victims died. Many skulls are cut in a manner that indicates a machete blow. Other contain projectile wounds from artillery…

Ntarama: I.D. Card
I.D. cards were first issued during the colonial period. The post-independence regimes led by Gregoire Kayibanda and Juvenal Habyarimana continued this practice. Those possessing a Tutsi I.D. met both personal and institutional discrimination. During…
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