The Rwandan Genocide was a genocidal mass slaughter of ethnic Tutsis by ethnic Hutus beginning April-06-1994 and lasted 100 days; it is estimated 500,000 – 1,000,000 Rwandese lost their lives in the due course.
Circumstances surrounding the events included assassination of then president of Rwanda, Juvenal Habyarimana due to longstanding ethnic competition and tensions between the minority Tutsi, who had controlled power for centuries, and the majority Hutu peoples, who had come to power in the rebellion of 1959-62. Click here to Contact Us for a historical tour of Rwanda
Rwanda has many fascinating museums and memorials that are worth visiting on your trip in Rwanda to discover the historical facts.
One of the most known historical events is the tragic Rwandan Genocide which took place for 100 days in April 1994. The Kigali Genocide Memorial center in Kigali commemorates the genocide, and explores other genocides around the world. The genocide memorial is a place for everyone to reflect on the past and the future.
The memorial opened in April 2004, ten years after the genocide. The Aegis Trust, a UK based organizing dedicated to preventing genocides, created the concept for the memorial and today they manage it.
Entry is free of charge. The genocide memorial is open everyday from 8am to 5pm, but the last entry is at 4pm Many other cities and town have their own genocide memorials and you can ask for directions at any tourism information stand.