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Rwanda launches new tourism destination: Campaign Against Genocide Museum
July 4 will be commemorated with the launch of a new museum located at the national parliament in Kigali. This date marks the 20th anniversary of the end of the genocide.
Some time ago, a monument was located at the top of the building, which continues to show bullet holes from the final days of the liberation struggle in 1994. The monument portrays two Rwanda Patriotic Front/Army soldiers manning a heavy machine gun which was used to first contain and then repel attempts by the genocide army of the former killer regime to retake that section of Kigali.
Also due to be launched at a later date is a planned Liberation Museum which will be taking shape around the former RPA command center near Mulindi. This building was in use for the entire duration of the 1990-1994 liberation struggles. Both facilities will join the existing national Genocide Memorial in Kigali which has established itself as a must-visit location for foreign visitors to the country while in the capital city.
Every year, Rwanda observes the 100 days of genocide between April and July, during which nearly a million innocent lives were lost in often the cruellest ways, as documented at the national Genocide Memorial and other memorial sites across the country.
Genocide militias and remnants of the former regime army are still holed up across the border in Eastern Congo and pose a clear and present danger to the new Rwanda which has gained shape and rose like a Phoenix from the ashes of 1994. These militias have, in spite of assurances to the contrary, not faced any military action by the Congolese national army nor the UN peace-keeping forces deployed there, suggesting an unholy alliance between the Kinshasa regime, the UN, and the killer militias. They are clearly left untouched to roam areas under their control where they reportedly maintain mines through the use of slave labor under the eyes of the UN forces and continue to stage attempts to penetrate Rwandan defences along the border.
The 20th anniversary of the genocide was and continues to be marked across Rwanda with marches, commemorative services, the launch of newly-established memorial sites where victims were given a proper burial and series of lectures and events dealing with the genocide mentality, and the root causes of genocides which have been committed in modern times around the world.