13 December 2010

Genocide Archive Rwanda

An ambitious hi-tech project to make the Rwandan genocide one of the most thoroughly documented mass killings ever will be unveiled in Kigali today.
The Genocide Archive of Rwanda will serve as a "unified repository" for all information related to the 1994 massacres, which saw about 800,000 people killed in 100 days, mostly from the minority Tutsi population.
Located at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where tens of thousands of victims are buried, the new facility will initially hold 1,500 audiovisual recordings and more than 20,000 documents and photographs.

With assistance from experts at the University of Texas Libraries, all the audiovisual material, with accompanying transcripts in English, Kinyarwanda, and French, is being copied into the digital archive.
It will also include scans of all documents and photographs housed on-site in Kigali, as well as relevant material held elsewhere.
"Important documentation about the Rwandan genocide will probably always remain dispersed in various locations around the world, but it's our ambition to include digitally anything that cannot be included in the physical archive," said Fred Heath, the director of the University of Texas Libraries.

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