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The Kigali Genocide Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the more than one million people that were killed during the Rwandan genocide conducted over a 100-day period in 1994, with this site housing the remains of more than 250,000 victims of the tragedy. This mass slaughter of the country's Tutsi population, instigated by the Hutu-led government at the time, was based off differences in race/ethnicity that were cemented by colonists when Rwanda was under their rule.
The Rwandan genocide saw men, women, and children being killed, maimed, tortured, raped, and subjected to a multitude of horrors, while the rest of the world chose to overlook what was happening in this African country, and thus failed its people. But while the horrors of the past cannot (and shouldn't) be forgotten, Rwanda has chosen to move ahead on its future on a more reconciliatory road, where the population is no longer divided as Hutu and Tutsi; instead, they're all united as Rwandans.
Pictured here is a woman, who, when we visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial, was quietly crying as she looked toward the burial sites containing the remains of more than 250,000 of her people.
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