NYANZA GENOCIDE MEMORIAL TOUR IN KIGALI
Nyanza Genocide Memorial Tour Guide
Navigation Tip - Go Directly To Tour Prices, Reviews, Maps, Photos, Videos & Room Rate Guide For KigaliThe Nyanza Genocide Memorial sits at the site where 2000 Tutsis, including 400 children, were slaughtered by Hutu militants. Plan an excursion there during your city tour of Kigali and you will be moved by evidence of how the world failed to offer protection to the innocent victims of this genocide. When the United Nations Peacekeeping Force first arrived in Rwanda, soon after the onset of the brutal killings, a base was set up at the École Technique Officielle, or ETO. The school was located in Kicukiro, on the outer sections of the city of Kigali. Thinking it to be a safe haven protected by 90 Belgian peacekeeping personnel, Tutsi refugees began arriving at the station in the early hours of April 7, 1994. Relenting to their pleas for sanctuary, the soldiers allowed them to stay in the school compound.
Soon afterward, Hutu militants gunned down 10 Belgian soldiers at Camp Kigali, and the UN opted to pull out of Rwanda. Belgian troops departed the school, leaving the refugees to face their fate. The Hutu militia arrived and marched the refugees to Nyanza, a garbage dump, where they were mercilessly hacked to death. It is said that the refugees begged the Belgian soldiers not to leave, with some even asking to be shot rather than face a horrible death at the hands of Hutus. Some refugees lay down on the road, hoping to stop the Belgians from leaving. The Belgians responded by firing shots into the air as their convoy took off, leaving behind helpless men, women, and children who would soon meet their death.
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Planning a trip to the beautiful, hilly country of Rwanda usually means landing and leaving from its capital, Kigali. Surrounded by picturesque rolling hills, this city is a thriving, bustling metropolis.
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WHERE TO STAY IN KIGALI
Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali Marriott Hotel and Radisson Blu Kigali Hotel offer the premier luxury experiences while deluxe properties like The Manor Hotel and Grand Legacy Hotel are suburban based.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT KIGALI
Kigali has a temperate climate with a good amount of rainfall, thanks to its high elevation. You are likely to experience warmer, drier weather from June to September thus the best time to visit the city.
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During your sightseeing of Kigali, you will encounter distinct tourist attractions and places of interest to visit, from museum like Kandt House, art and craft galleries, memorials of the genocide etc.
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