One of the most interesting things to me was how these places were "preserved". In America, everything would be behind glass, or bars, and kept at just the right temperature. Here- everything is sitting just as it was, for you to walk right by. You could reach out and touch most of these artifacts, or in some cases walk right on top of them (I'll get to that picture in a minute). Anyway, ALL the clothes of all TEN thousand victims were inside the church. Draped over each and every pew. Hats, dresses, undershirts, underwear. As you walked by each pew, faces came to your mind of who might have worn that, mothers and children next to each other. Underneath the church, in a makeshift tomb, were hundreds of skulls on shelves and one lonely coffin on display under bright lights. It is the final resting place for a woman who was brutally raped and killed there. Behind the church, outside in the back, were the places of the mass graves. You could walk down steep steps to walk among the bones and coffins holding up to 20 peoples bones in each.
|The kitchen that housed hundreds of people- it was set to fire and those inside burned to death|
|this was where I was talking about us walking right over all these things- it felt so strange, but we just followed the guide|
|Once a beautiful stained glass window- now shattered by gun shots or hand grenades|
|books and papers of the victims|
Lord, let the people of Rwanda come to know you and be filled with your peace.