Ntarama Genocide Memorial Centre

Ntarama Genocide Memorial Centre (Kinyarwanda: Urwibutso rwa jenoside rwa Ntarama, French: Mémorial du génocide à Ntarama) is one of six genocide museums in Rwanda. Five thousand people were killed here in the Catholic church.

Ntarama Genocide Memorial
Ntarama Genocide Memorial
Ntarama Genocide Memorial Centre is located in Rwanda
Ntarama Genocide Memorial Centre
Location within Rwanda
Established1 June 2004 (2004-06-01)
Coordinates2°06′35″S 30°22′26″E / 2.1097°S 30.374°E / -2.1097; 30.374
TypeGenocide museum

Location edit

Ntarama is located in Bugesera District. It is an hour's drive south of Kigali, the national capital and the largest city in the country.[1]

Zaza and Sake are just to the south and Kibungo and Nyamata. Nemba Airport is close.[2]

Overview edit

Shelves of skulls

Ntarama's former Catholic church is now a memorial site. Five thousand people were massacred there on 15 April 1994 during the Rwandan genocide.[1]

This memorial centre is one of six major centres in Rwanda that commemorate the Rwandan genocide. The others are the Murambi Memorial Centre, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and others at Nyamata, Bisesero, and Nyarubuye.[3]

During the genocide people were killed at this church by the police, soldiers, interahamwe and local volunteers. They used grenades, spears, clubs and machetes. The government in charge would send clean up squads to the sites of massacres to hide the evidence. The bodies of the dead would be hastliy buried in mass graves. The people inside, who had tried to escape, were killed in nearby fields while the majority were killed in the body of the church. When the government changes they decided not to bury the bodies. The bones of those who had died outside were stacked on tables, but the bodies of those inside were left where they were murdered. For many years visitors smelled the rotting fleshn but by 1997 all that was left was the sad remains of the bodies left after a massacre.[4]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b Remembering Rwanda's genocide, Catherine Wambua, 1 July 2012, Al Jazeera, Retrieved 2 March 2016
  2. ^ Ntarama, LatLongWiki, Retrieved 2 March 2016
  3. ^ Sites mémoriaux du génocide : Nyamata, Murambi, Bisesero et Gisozi, UNESCO, Retrieved 2 March 2015
  4. ^ Burnet, Jennie E. (2012-11-19). Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, and Silence in Rwanda. University of Wisconsin Pres. p. 103-105. ISBN 978-0-299-28643-9.

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