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It took me a three hours via a jeep from Kibuye to reach the Bisesero memorial. The Bisesero memorial honors the Tutsi resistance in western Rwanda against Hutu militias during the genocide. Situated on a hill, the memorial includes a winding path…

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Another example of local memorials, the Butare University memorial is located on the campus of the southern Rwandan university. The memorial commemorates professors and students who perished. Pictures of the victims have been left by family and…

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The Gisozi memorial is home to the Kigali Memorial Centre. Funded by the British Holocaust memorial foundation Aegis Trust, the site includes a museum exhibition, mass grave sites of Kigali victims, and a series of memorial gardens. The above photo…

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The Habyarimana Presidential Palace preserves the plane crash site that took the lives of President Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira on April 6, 1994. The plane crashed onto the palace grounds. Parts of the plane are preserved.…

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The Kibuye memorial near Lake Kivu. The memorial sits next to the church, the site of a major massacre. Madeline Albright visited the site during her visit to Rwanda in the mid-1990s. The memorial's close proximity to the church demonstrates how the…

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As I walked through additional rooms, I noticed how more and more bodies were that of mothers cradling their children. One room towards the end of the tour consisted only of little babies. Both times I visited Murambi I decided to stop viewing the…

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In 2010 Aegis Trust and CNLG opened a museum exhibition that told the story of the genocide in Gikongoro. After viewing the exhibition the tour guide takes visitors outside to a coverd mass grave for a moment of silence. After that the visitors walk…

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After visiting the French sites, the tour leads to additional rooms that display bones and clothing similar to other memorials such as Ntarama, Nyamata, and Nyarubuye.

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Murambi's preservation methods cements the final moments of many victims. Visitors who enter the rooms can go walk up to the bodies. Many victims were found holding their hands over their heads, protecting their faces from machete blows. Preservation…

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During Operation Turquoise French troops set up a camp next to the mass graves on the Murambi hill. A marker now sits indicating where the French Flag flew. The tour guide takes the visitor to this site immediately after visiting the bodies.
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