During our time here, most team members have visited or plan to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, which overlooks a mass grave of 250,000 victims of the genocide. The museum, filled with the photographs of victims and haunting images and descriptions of the genocide, serves as a permanent memorial to the victims and a place for survivors to grieve.
Tomorrow, the country begins its annual genocide mourning week April 7 to 13 in remembrance of the estimated one million people who lost their lives during the 1994 genocide.
Yesterday’s issue of The New Times, a daily newspaper in Rwanda, quoted U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: “May [the victims] rest in peace; my thoughts go to the survivors. May their courage and resilience serve as an inspiration to all of us.”
This year’s commemoration theme is “Let’s commemorate Genocide while fighting its ideology, rendering support to survivors and striving for development.”