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GWMRWA_190805_055.JPG: Support Rwandan Survivors Talking in UK Schools
GWMRWA_190805_068.JPG: Nyarabuye Memorial, Eastern Province.
Around 51,000 people were killed here in the church and the nuns' compound. The memorial preserves torture instruments, clothes and victims' belongings. It is a national memorial.
GWMRWA_190805_073.JPG: Cyahinda Memorial, Southern Province.
Daphrose "sleeps" on the bottom shelf. She was a teacher and neighbour of Alloys. Alloys is now the care-taker of Cyahinda Memorial. Alloys and Daphrose were close friends and Alloys has tenderly decorated Cyahinda memorial so that Daphrose can feel at home. She was killed with her baby on her back on May 1994. Now Alloys takes care of her.
GWMRWA_190805_083.JPG: Cyahinda Memorial (built in 2006), Southern Province, home to around 36,000 victims who were massacred here.
GWMRWA_190805_085.JPG: Cyahinda Memorial, Southern Province.
A door built into the floor, seen open here, leads into the memorial's tomb. In the tomb, survivors take care of loved ones. Many victims are laid to rest in coffins in the tombs. Cyahinda memorial also has a separate sealed mass grave.
GWMRWA_190805_090.JPG: Survivors' Reflections
GWMRWA_190805_093.JPG: Why do we remember?
GWMRWA_190805_099.JPG: Kigali Genocide Memorial. Around 250,000 victims are laid to rest here. It is the biggest memorial in Rwanda and has a wide-ranging educational programme on genocide prevention and peacebuilding.
GWMRWA_190805_112.JPG: Bisesero Memorial, Western Province.
Between 50,000 and 60,000 people were killed at this site. The Bisesero hills are known for the resistance of Tutsi who fought the militia and the military at Muyira hill. This memorial tells a strong narrative of victimhood. The human remains are washed regularly, with caretakers explaining that this helps give the victims back purity.
GWMRWA_190805_115.JPG: Cyahinda Memorial, Southern Province.
Just before this photo was taken, farmers found the remains you can see in the blue bucket in a field. They had lain abandoned for almost 20 years. When remains are found, they will often be washed, giving purity and dignity back to the dead. Then, during the annual commemoration period, the bones will be buried in coffins and lain to rest in tombs. Often survivors will try to find out who the victims are.
GWMRWA_190805_123.JPG: Victims died cruel and humiliating deaths. Bodies were thrown into latrines and left to be eaten by animals. Victims lost their dignity in life and in death. Cleaning and "purifying" gives the dead back their dignity. "Care-taking" reverses time and makes whole again what has been smashed.
GWMRWA_190805_129.JPG: The work with human remains and the presence of the victims' belongings help some survivors re-establish and maintain relationships with the dead. Survivors explain that they do not see skulls and bones but real people -- family members, friends and neighbours.
GWMRWA_190805_135.JPG: Gisenyi Memorial, Western Province.
Some care-takers explain that showing photographs of victims in-life, and displaying their names and belongings, brings them back into the world of the living. By naming and introducing photographs and personal objects, survivors keep a relationship with the dead.
GWMRWA_190805_168.JPG: Developing Kwibuka Rwanda
GWMRWA_190805_170.JPG: Why Do We Remember?
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