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Rwanda to Launch Rwf 700M Memorial Garden

by Jean de la Croix Tabaro
6:04 pm

Artistic impression of memorial garden

Ibuka, the umbrella of Genocide survivors’ association is finalizing a study of a 3- hectare memorial garden, a place to go to meditate about the Genocide.

The project will be completed at a tune of Rwf 700 million.

It is a study that started back in 2000, said Ahishakiye Naphtal, Ibuka’s Executive Secretary.

“The idea came from several Rwandans who have realized that we gather at memorials every other time, and then talk about the 1994 genocide against Tutsi. They proposed that we should have a place, beautiful and well maintained that can help to reflect about the tragedy,” Naphtal said.

To be located at Nyanza of Kicukiro adjacent to the memorial of the place, the garden will include signs and records that illustrate the Genocide against the Tutsi.

“One part of the garden will include trees, a sign of life in a country that survived the Genocide and has rebuilt. It will also include green space where people can sit and relax,” Ahishakiye said.

In the same garden, wells and holes – architecturally beautiful will be designed in the purpose of creating hope of life in the mind of every visitor. It will also include an amphitheater.

Ibuka’s partners in this project include the National Commission for the fight against Genocide, Kicukiro district and office of the First Lady Jeannette Kagame.

The launch of the project is scheduled on April 8, 2019 and will last for one year.