5 July 2012

NIOD staff members Petra Links and Edwin Klijn are currently in Rwanda to explore possibilities for cooperation with the Kigali Memorial Centre. During this working visit, together with the Rwandan colleagues of the documentation centre, the first steps will be taken towards a collection management plan for the Kigali Memorial Centre archives.

Kigali Memorial Centre was founded in 2004, 10 years after the Rwandan genocide. Every year 90,000 visitors from Rwanda and abroad pay a visit to the site. The Centre is situated on a spot where 250,000 victims of the genocide have been buried. An exhibition in the Memorial Centre displays the history of the country, centered around the genocide of 1994. In one hundred days between 6 April and half of July 1994 about 800,000 Tutsi's were killed by Hutu-militions.

Rwanda is developing fast, focusing on the future. Just like many other organisations in Rwanda the Memorial Centre has extensively contemplated about its course in the next few years, taking into consideration the required actions and innovations. The working visit of the NIOD fits into this policy. In close cooperation with the Memorial Centre strategies are explored how the centre can strengthen its position as research institute and also what opportunities lie ahead for future cooperation.