On Tuesday 20th July 2021, the Mayor of Paris, the capital of France, Anne Hidalgo visited the Kigali genocide memorial Centre in Gisozi and the Nyanza genocide memorial site in Kicukiro District and paid her respect to the victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi laid to rest in these memorial facilities.
At the Kigali genocide memorial centre, mayor Hidalgo visited different exhibitions of the memorial and was offered explanations about the history of Rwanda before, during and after the genocide against the Tutsi.
In the message she left in the memorial’s guestbook after touring different parts of the Kigali Genocide Memorial and laying wreath onto the mass grave where more than 250,000 victims are buried, she said “I bow with emotion and humility before the survivors and victims of the genocide. I admire the resilience and strength of the Rwandan people to pick themselves up. History, truth and memory are indispensable to the reconstruction of humanity and peace”.
At the Nyanza genocide memorial site in Kicukiro District, she also visited the garden of memory erected new the memorial.
The leader is in Rwanda for a meeting with other leaders in the association of francophone cities