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HM the King Visits Kigali Genocide Memorial
20/10/2016

HM King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HH Prince Moulay Ismail, visited, on Thursday in Gisozi (Kigali suburbs), the memorial commemorating the victims of the Rwandan genocide which claimed the lives of one million people in 1994.

Upon his arrival at the Memorial site, the sovereign was greeted by Julienne Uwacu, Rwandan minister of sports and culture, Jean Damascène Bizimana, executive secretary of the national committee for the fight against genocide, and the Memorial director Honoré Gatera.

Afterwards, HM the King placed a spray of flowers on one of the common graves where the remains of millions of the genocide's victims are buried, and observed a moment of silence for the deceased's souls.

Inaugurated in April 2004, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the Gisozi memorial includes three permanent exhibitions explaining the tragedy's circumstances, reasons behind the growing tension between the country's ethnic groups, what triggered the genocide and how it took place.

The exhibitions comprise pictures, videos, written testimonies, articles and information posters documenting the tragedy.

The memorial pays tribute to all the genocide's victims and is a strong tool to raise the awareness of future generations.

At the end of the visit, the Memorial director Honoré Gatera handed the sovereign a brochure on the exhibition and a book entitled "28 years of survivors' testimonies". HM the King signed afterwards the Memorial's book of visitors.



 


 
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