Kibimba School Memorial
Public Art : Kibimba School Memorial
Architect : Unknown
Description : A circular concrete structure painted
in white, marking the location where 100 Tutsi students and their teachers were burned alive on the 21st october
1993. On the memorial are the words "plus jamais ca!" (this, never again!).
Location : Kibimba , Gitega province, Burundi
Background: The Kibimba School Memorial was built in
remembrance of the 100 Tutsi students , teachers and locals who were rounded up from a nearby secondary school by
machete wielding Hutu civilians and placed in a gas station where they were soaked in palm oil and burned alive.
The cold bloodied murders (some say genocide) were a response to the assassination of Hutu president Melchior
Ndadaye by the Tutsi dominated army only hours earlier. Gilbert Tuhabonye was the sole survivor of the school
massacre. He managed to use the charred bone of a schoolmate to break a window and run to freedom.
Lest We Forget