Special event commemorating those who perished during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Service with speeches and panel discussion at Mansfield College followed by a reception and exhibition opening at Pitt Rivers Museum.

Kwibuka Rwanda

Every year Rwandans ask the world to come together to support the survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and to ensure that such an atrocity can never happen again. The commemoration service will be followed by the exhibition opening and a reception with light refreshments at Pitt Rivers Museum. 

The Kwibuka Rwanda photographic exhibition introduces the world of Rwanda’s genocide memorials to the public. It delves into the world of survivors working at memorials who have pledged their lives to care, clean and preserve the human remains of their loved ones often shown at these sites in rural areas of Rwanda. Through artistic-visual form it reveals the meaning of memorials for survivors and shares their attempts to remake their world and be closer to their loved ones.

Commemoration Event & Exhibition Launch

3-5pm, Mansfield College: Opening prayers; panel discussion; survivor testimony; and candle lighting. With special guests Her Excellency Yamina Karitanyi, High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda; Lord Mayor of Oxford, Jean Fooks;  Antoinette Mukeshimana; Rt Revd Jonathan Ruhumuliza; John Binama; Lilian Umubyeyi; Dr Richard Benda; Dr James Smith; Ruth Barnett; Dr Zoe Norridge; and Dr Julia Viebach.

5-6pm, Pitt Rivers Museum (5 minutes walk from Mansfield college): Songs from the Oxford Rwandan Choir and private view of Kwibuka Rwanda, a new exhibition about the way survivors working at genocide memorials commemorate victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Please note that guests are required to be seated in the Mansfield College chapel by 2.45pm and the chapel doors will be closed to allow for the smooth running of the event.

This event is jointly co-organised by The Rwandese Community Association (RCA) - Oxford, the National Associations of Rwandese Communities in UK (NARC-UK), Ishami Foundation (IF), the Pitt Rivers Museum and the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law.


  • Mansfield College, Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TF
  • Pitt Rivers Museum, Robinson Close, South Parks Road, OX1 3PP
  • No parking at either location

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