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Media Brief on Kwibuka23 at Kigali Genocide Memorial

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As we commemorate the Genocide against the Tutsi through Kwibuka23, the Kigali Genocide Memorial will host numerous special guests and remembrance and learning events. This information may be useful for you when reporting on the work of Kigali Genocide Memorial and remembrance during the 100 days of mourning.

Media Contact

Your point of contact is:

  • Didier Rutagungira
    Kigali Genocide Memorial Communications Officer
    Email: media@kgm.rw
    Phone/WhatsApp: +250 788 559 287

Didier is available to facilitate your visit to the memorial and schedule interviews with guides, survivors, visitors and the memorial’s education team. He is also able to provide you with images and footage that can be used in your reporting. Please direct all media enquires to Didier and contact him before visiting the memorial.

Videography/Photography

There is no fee for local media to film or take photos, however we welcome a donation to support the work of the memorial. International media outlets require permission from the relevant Government of Rwanda institution before filming or taking photos at the Kigali Genocide Memorial and should contact Didier Rutagungira for further information on fees related to filming and photography at the memorial.

Key Resources

The resources are available for use free-of-charge however please credit the appropriate institution when using their photos or videos.

Memorial Guestbook

During the 100 days of Kwibuka, we invite everyone to leave a message in the memorial’s digital guestbook as a way to remember the victims and show support to survivors. You can leave your message in the guestbook here.

Reporting Tips / Info

  • The name of the memorial is ‘Kigali Genocide Memorial’. You do not need to add ‘Centre’ or ‘Museum’ to the name.
  • When describing the Genocide, use this phrasing: ‘the Genocide against the Tutsi’.
  • The memorial is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
  • The total number of victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi is more than one million. A research study commissioned by the Ministry of Local Government in 2000 (updated 2004) concluded that an approximate total of 1,074,017 were killed in the Genocide.
  • Construction of the memorial began in 1999 and the process of burying victims began in 2001. The memorial officially opened on 7 April 2004.
  • The memorial was established by the Aegis Trust in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda and the Kigali City Council. Today, Aegis Trust manages it on behalf of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide.
  • The Kigali Genocide Memorial is one of six national memorials located across Rwanda. The other five are Murambi, Nyamata, Bisesero, Ntarama and Nyarubuye memorials.
  • Last year, the memorial welcomed more than 92,000 visitors from 152 countries – the largest number of people to visit the memorial in a single year.
  • In 2016, more than 8,000 students and teachers attended education workshops at the memorial Peace School.
  • Last year, more than 5,000 visitors wrote in the memorial’s digital guestbook, leaving messages of hope and support for survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Kigali Genocide Memorial Activities

Watch this short film to learn about the history of the memorial and plans for the future.

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