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Campaign for Rwandan Genocide Memorial Center is on Facebook

$1 will be donated for every "like" memorial gets on Facebook.
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Rwanda Genocide Memorial Center director Honore Gatera explains the center's exhibits to Charlie Annenberg Weingarten, founder of Explore.org and director of the movie, Raindrops Over Rwanda. (Explore/Courtesy)

Want to help the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center? Like it on Facebook. It's that easy. For every like that the center gets, Explore.org will donate a dollar to the center, up to $50,000.

The Kigali memorial center is a moving exhibit to the 1994 genocide when an estimated 1 million Rwandans were murdered over a 100 day period. The Rwandan genocide is one of the most horrific mass murders in recent history. It is also widely viewed as a failure of the international community to take decisive action to stop the murders. 

"Raindrops Over Rwanda" is a short film about the Rwandan memorial that will premiere on July 18, the 17th anniversary of the end of the genocide. The Facebook page is a hub of learning, interaction and multmedia maintained by a survivor and young Rwandan Honore Gatera.

The film shows the work by Gatera at the memorial center to educate the public about the genocide, so that Rwandans and the larger international community have a better understanding of the genocide. By promoting better understanding, Gatera is trying to prevent any other genocides.

 

Explore.org is a multimedia organization that documents visionary leaders from around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Both educational and inspirational, Explore champions the selfless acts of others. Explore’s growing library consists of more than 250 original films and 30,000 photographs from around the world. It showcases work at film festivals, on over 100 public broadcast and cable channels, and on numerous online destinations including Explore.org, Snag Films, Hulu and TakePart. Explore highlights a wide range of topics — from animal rights, health and human services, and poverty to the environment, education, and spirituality. 

The Kigali Genocide Memorial Center opened on April 7, 2004, 10 years after the genocide that killed approximately 1,050,000 people in Rwanda. The planning and management of the memorial center was made possible by the British charity Aegis Trust, an organization that, “works towards the prevention of genocide with survivors, decision-makers and the next generation through commemoration, education, awareness-raising and research.” The center is a burial ground for around 250,000 of the victims, whose remains rest in ten mass graves in a memorial garden. The center also has a series of exhibitions and the National Genocide Documentation Center. 

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