Rwandan Genocide Virtual Museum

An insight into the events of Rwanda 1994 - Michelle Shi 10G


In this virtual museum, you will be able to explore five different primary sources, allowing us to take a step back and remember the events that occurred only a few decades before.
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This image, taken by photojournalist Corinne Dufka, depicts a Rwandan boy covering his face from the stench from the field of dead bodies. The composition of the image places emphasis on the emotions of the boy in the foreground, with the background depicting the result of the genocide. This image is useful as the audience is able to see a long shot of the field of bodies, showing the impact of the genocide as well as the emotions of even a young boy who may not understand the situation. The audience is able to take an insight into the situation after the genocide and how it may have resulted in further diseases and deteriorated living conditions for all Rwandans.
This oral and visual testimony of Sarah Bampiriye, a survivor of the Genocide, allows for someone studying the historical event to see into a personal account of their experience. Although it is only one of the many stories, it is significant in seeing the impact of the genocide on the citizens, in general. The use of a survivor allows the viewer to see the emotions of Sarah Bampiriye as she accounts the events of 1994. The story that she shares is from personal experience which adds credibility, but can be biased from trauma. Overall, a very useful source.
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The array of weapons provides an insight into clubs, machetes and arrows that were used in the Rwandan Genocide to kill the Tutsis that tried to take refuge in Nyamata parish. The pain inflicted on the Tutsi is able to be noted by the size and style of weaponry, confirming the genocide. This is useful as it explores and compares the damage on bodies with the weapons, allowing historians in the future to uncover the statistics for reasons of deaths. It also compares past and modern weaponry, showing the differences and similarities of different countries in war.
The gallery above shows the pages of the newspaper, Isibo (cover to the left), which was primarily used to spread hatred and denounce the Tutsi's. It is written in Kinyarwanda - an official language of Rwanda - which can present part of their language and culture. This primary source can be seen as evidence for those denying the event and when translated, can provide a deeper understanding of the reasoning of hatred by Hutu's.
This oral testimony shares the experiences of Innocent Ndayisaba. Rather than a survivor, his testimony was given to show the experiences of those who assisted in the protection of the Tutsi. He was able to protect three people by hiding them in his home. From this testimony, the audience is able to view his struggles and successes during the time of the genocide. It can be deemed as a useful source as it provides information about the specific event as well as its impact of citizens of Rwanda.

Thank you and I hope you enjoyed your visit!