In 1999, the City of Kigali provided land where a place of remembrance could be built and where victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi could receive a dignified burial. Construction of the Kigali Genocide Memorial began in the same year and the process of burying victims began in 2001. Today the memorial serves as the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the genocide.
The memorial opened in April 2004 – the tenth commemoration of the genocide. Its completion was made possible by the following organisations:
- The City of Kigali
- Aegis Trust
- Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight against Genocide
- Ministry of Sports and Culture
- Various governments and international non-government organisations
Today the memorial is funded and managed by Aegis Trust on behalf of the National Commission for the Fight against the Genocide.