At first, many things did not make sense in my 10-year-old mind. I could not understand why we, the Tutsi, were hiding, being murdered in cold blood and our houses being burnt down while our Hutu neighbors were just living a normal life. Going to the market, bars, even celebrating weddings. But I quickly understood one thing: that being a Tutsi, or at least being identified as such, was a terrible crime punishable by horrific death. I also realized that my parents and grandparents were guilty of this crime too – the crime of having been born. A crime against the very who we were-Genocide.
11 cattle belonging to a genocide survivor were hacked with a machete yesterday in what looks like a hate crime designed to intimidate, threaten and harass the survivors. For an outsider, this incident may seem trivial but for the Rwandans, it is another ugly reminder that hate towards […]
Like the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, decent burial for thousands of Holocaust victims also appears to be a luxury that not everyone could afford. Nearly 80 years on, thousands of Jewish bodies are still being discovered across Europe. Click to read how over a 1000 Jewish remains were found at a former Belarus Jewish Ghetto recently.
The role of France in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi has become a piece of common knowledge now. Watch France 24 report revealing new documents suggesting that orders not to arrest those responsible for the genocide of Tutsi came straight from Elysee, the French President office. Click […]
A team of genocide survivors launched on Monday this week, a new website designed to serve as a central database of names, photographs, and brief biographies of over one million people murdered in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The initiative, according to a press release […]
Mu magambo asa no kwishongora, Bishop Rucyahana yasobanuye imvugo ye yafashwe nko gukomeretsa abarokotse Jenoside..
Today, January 27th, 2019 marks the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. At this occasion, I suggest you watch this incredibly inspiring story of a Holocaust survivor sharing how he survived after 3 years in Auschwitz concentration camp. Click here to watch the video. Credit: BuzzFeed
When my family and 1 million more Tutsi were being hacked by machetes in Rwanda, the United States refused to intervene because preventing genocide was not a ’’ National Security’’ matter. From now on, that will not be a valid excuse anymore…
Researchers at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University – in collaboration with a Rwandan therapist and genocide survivor – have taken a close look at the genocide against the Tutsi people of Rwanda almost a quarter of a century after it occurred. The children of Tutsi survivors who weren’t even born at the time of the slaughter are among those most affected by trauma, according to the new Israeli study, which has just been published in the journal Psychiatry Research…
Abarokotse jenoside bakomeje kwamagana ibyatangajwe na Musenyeri John Rucyahana ari nako benshi bibaza ikibyihishe inyuma. Mu nyandiko yasohotse mu kinyamakuru Igihe.com mu mpera z’icyumweru gishize Rucyahana yavuze ko “bitumvikana uburyo uwahigwaga ariwe ugaruka akavuga uko jenoside yakozwe kandi yari mu bwihisho’’. Rucyahana yongeyeho ko ibyo bigomba guhinduka, abakoze […]
One of the most inspiring survivors of the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi, Reverien Rurangwa, got married yesterday in a colorful ceremony in Kigali. Rurangwa rose above incredible adversities to live almost a normal but at times astonishing, life. Every single inch of Rurangwa’s body bears witness to […]
2019 is just around the corner. The number of our readers continues to expand and our commitment to challenge injustice and indifference grows even stronger. I believe that each and every aspect of Genocide survivors’ life is a story worth telling—their opinions, their fears, and their hopes. As […]
Mu nyandiko y’ubushize nanditse ko kugira abarokotse nk’indorerezi mu mihango yo kwibuka ababo ari umuco ucuramye ukwiye kurangirana no Kwibuka 25. Uyu munsi ndavuga ku bindi bintu 2 bikwiye kujyana no kwibuka 25. Gutegeka abacitse ku icumu ibyo bavuga n’ibyo batavuga mu buhamya Kuvuga ubugome abahutu badukoreye n’agahinda […]
Sula (Zula) Karuhimbi, who died Dec. 17 at the impressive age of 106, lived her whole life in the village of Musamo in central Rwanda, where she is celebrated as a hero. A Hutu widow born into a family of healers in the Gitarama district, she is remembered […]
Today is World Human Rights Day. Right now, the rights of genocide survivors to get adequate and prompt reparation remains in limbo. This is obviously in stark violation of article 8 of the human rights declaration that we celebrate today. 25 years after the annihilation of Rwanda’s […]
I read many books about the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi and this is definitely another must-read book. Originally published in French as La femme aux pieds nus, The Barefoot woman is a new English translation of a moving story about a Tutsi woman who did everything to protect her children from the genocide. The author, Scholastique Mukasonga, refuses to let her family’s story be forgotten. Click to read the summary of the book as written by The New York Times’ Parul Sehgal early this week.
Mu myaka 25 ishize, imihango yo kwibuka abazize jenoside yakorewe abatutsi yagiye ihindura isura uko umwaka ushize undi ugataha. Abacitse ku icumu n’imiryango irengera inyungu zabo ni na ko bagiye basa n’abahezwa kurushaho, mu gufata ibyemezo birebana no kwibuka n’imicungire y’ingaruka za jenoside muri rusange. Mu gihe dusatira […]
According to the article that appeared on BBC today, the Netherlands’ state-run rail company NS has agreed to set up a commission to compensate Holocaust survivors for transporting Jews to a Nazi transit camp.
Isn’t this another stark reminder that we, the survivors of Genocide against the Tutsi , need to keep calling for reparation against those who made the extermination of over 1 million Tutsi possible? The list is too long: The Government of Rwanda and its donors, IMF, World Bank, a dozen French and Belgian banks, countries such as France, Egypt, South Africa, UK, China, …that sold weapons to Rwanda during and slightly after genocide, despite the UN arm embargo in 1994…
Now try to answer this question: Should Israel, the state that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust recognize and acknowledge a genocide when it happens to other people? Mass graves where unidentified men, women, and children are lying together are being discovered near Mosul, Kirkuk and Sinjar […]
Sinaherukaga kumva ubuhamya bukora kumutima! Muri iyi video Rasta Rurangirwa Darius (Jah Bone D), aravuga itotezwa yanyuzemo kuva akivuka nk’umututsi, Imfu nyinshi yasimbutse mbere no mugihe cy’irimburabatutsi rya 94. Nubwo imvi zimaze kuba uruyenzi kumutwe we, hari aho agera ikiniga kikamufata, amarira agashoka ava mu maso ye yabonye […]
Aho kuguhomba yaguhombya! Ngiryo izina Kizito Mihigo yahisemo kwita indirimbo ye nshya yasohoye none, nyuma y’imyaka hafi 5 amaze muri gereza. Naherukaga kwandika kuri Kizito Mihigo ubwo namaganaga ikinamico Leta yateguye kuva ashimutswe mu kwezi kwa kane 2015, agatambagizwa imbere y’itangazamakuru asa n’uhatwa kwemera ibyaha, kugeza akatiwe imyaka […]
A co-winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize called Monday for a global fight against genocide and sexual violence, pledging to be a voice for victims around the world. Iraqi Nadia Murad said in her first news conference since accepting the award that she feels […]
The virtues of forgiveness in many different contexts of life are manifold and well known. Forgiveness can encourage and enable healing, peaceful relations, improved individual and social welfare, and psychological well being. But forgiveness is a personal choice and it must not be coerced, whether implicitly or explicitly. […]
Reconciliation and forgiveness became a trending experiment used by the Government of Rwanda and some money-hungry NGOs since the end of the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi. Soon, the neediest of the survivors became the mouses in the laboratory of forgiveness and reconciliation processes. Today, no single month […]
Watch Corey Harbaugh, a Michigan-based genocide educator, speaking at our annual genocide commemoration event, in remembrance of over 1 million lives lost during the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi. If you would like to learn about one of the darkest chapter in human history through stories, poetry, and […]
Guest post by Jean de Dieu Musabyimana:
Mugihe abacitse kw’icumu tukirwana n’ibikomere ryadusigiye, ubwiyunge n’intero iterwa buri gihe ngo tuyikirize. Harya ubundi uwacitse ku icumu yiyunga nande? Ahatari ubutabera n’imbabazi, nta bwiyunge buhaba! Ibi byombi se byagezweho? Dore uko mbibona…
Ten years ago, the book “The Men Who Killed Me” was published. It gave 17 of the survivors a stage upon which they could share their photos, harrowing experiences, and narrative with the world, to bear witness to the crimes committed against hundreds of thousands of others. Four out of the 17 have sadly deceased already due to…
Kwitwa cyangwa kwiyita uwacitse ku icumu rya jenoside yakorwe abatutsi cyane cyane kubatuye hanze y’u Rwanda bisigaye bisa nkaho ari umudeli ugezweho…
Guest post by Mireille Ishimwe:
The song Mbahoze nte by Uwera Florida was playing in my earphones today, since I learned about the tragic passing of Fabienne Isimbi, a genocide survivor of almost my age. Ishimwe reflects on the tragic passing of her fellow young survivor, the cause of her death, and what it means to other survivors…
The German government yesterday returned human remains of the Herero and Nama genocide victims from present-day Namibia. The remains had been stored in German’s hospitals, museums, and universities for decades for scientific experiments to prove the racial superiority of white Europeans.
As I read about this moving development, I realized that one key factor is strikingly at the core of all major genocides of the 20th century…
China continues to take the best out of Rohingya’s misfortune. This article reveals the disturbing role of China and Russia in the on-going ‘Genocide’ of Rohingya…
What is the modern-day threshold for prosecuting war crimes and genocide? The crimes perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have made that as much of a legal question as a fraught political one. The UN fact-finding mission that interviewed nearly 900 Rohingya eye-witnesses concluded in a damning report […]
Frederick Nietzsche is not usually my favorite philosopher, but he was right when he said ‘’ What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger’’. These survivors are different in many ways but they all share two things in common: They miraculously defied death by Hutu’s machete in 1994 genocide […]
Since 1994 Hategekimana Gervais had eluded authorities that had been looking for him in connection with committing genocide in the current Muhanga district. During the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, the suspect was very instrumental in the gruesome murder of Tutsi at former Nyabikenke Commune. After the genocide, Hategekimana […]
(Watch Video). Today, she would have turned 76 years old. Her name is Alison Des Forges. For many in the human rights world, Dr. Alison Des Forges needs no introduction. This eminent human rights advocate died in a tragic plane crash nearly 10 years ago. Des Forges may […]
The news stories about the passing of Kofi Annan continue to float around in the media. Philip Gourevitch, one of the best writers on Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi makes his voice count as well. He eloquently discusses how Kofi Annan failed to express any shred of remorse towards his actions or inactions during the genocide of Tutsi in Rwanda and other mass atrocities crimes of the 90s. Gourevitch’s piece in the New Yorker today is definitely a must-read. Click to read more.
When I woke up late this morning, the news stories about the death of former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, greeted me. I had to bite my tongue, however, to honestly mourn this man, who, once assumed an office with the power to make decisions of life and […]
Guest post by Olivier U. Bahizi:
Imyaka 25 igiye gushira! Bamwe muri twe twari abana, ubu bashobora kwibuka ibyabaye, abandi tubyumva mu nkuru. Cyakora twese tubona ingaruka zabyo, kuko bamwe twibona turi twenyine, tutagira abo duhamagara ‘papa cyangwa mama’, ni uko tukemera ko ibyo batubwira byabayeho koko: baratwishe! Umuvandimwe wanjye aherutse kugira ikibazo ndibugarukeho muri iyi nyandiko, cyatumye ntekereza byinshi ku rusobe rw’ingaruka za jenoside abarokotse banyuramo. Soma inkuru irambuye…
The National Public Prosecution Authority of Rwanda (NPPA) in 2017-2018 issued 218 indictments against fugitives of the 1994 genocide, Prosecutor General Jean Bosco Mutangana said yesterday on Twitter. Click here to access the list and photos of some of the world’ most dangerous bad guys of our […]
Newly published letters show that the desire to ‘score a PR victory’ – not empathy – was key in decision to offer help to victims of Genocide in 1994. Read more to discover the revealed shameful discussions that were going on in Israel while survivors were still bleeding. The story of Israel arming the ‘‘Genocidaires’’ in 1994 is another disturbing issue that I will discuss in the upcoming posts.
Kizito Mihigo/ Photo internet Kigali Friday 27/02/2014: A well-known Rwandan singer and a genocide survivor Kizito Mihigo, has been sentenced to ten years in prison by a high court in Kigali for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to murder government officials including President Paul Kagame. Mihigo has […]
The 2015 human rights’ world report indicates that Rwanda continues to target anyone suspected to have any link with opponents. Genocide survivors were not spared too. Many young survivors have been killed or detained in secret detentions centers. Those include but not limited to Ingabire Charles, a young […]
Justus Uwayesu, rescued at 9 from the streets of Rwanda, is enrolled as a freshman at Harvard.Credit Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for The New York Times The New York Times BOSTON — Nine years old and orphaned by ethnic genocide, he was living in a burned-out car in a […]
Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, Ministiri w’intebe ucyuye igihe. Photo Ihinduka ry’abagize guverinoma ryabaye kuri uyu wa kane taliki 24 nyakanga 2014 nta gushidikanya ko ariyo nkuru ikomeje kwiganza mu itangazamakuru ryo mu Rwanda. Nubwo mu gihe cy’imyaka itatu Goverinoma ya Dr. Habumuremyi imaze hari byinshi yagejeje ku barokotse […]
As the world commemorates the 20th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, renewed efforts supporting survivors to realize their right to reparation are gaining traction. Following a call from victim organisations in Rwanda for increased attention to the lack of a comprehensive reparation effort for […]
Rucagu Boniface/Photo internet Mu gihe urubanza rwa Senateri NZIRASANAHO Anastase wahamijwe icyaha cya jenoside agakatirwa igihano cyo gufungwa burundu y’umwihariko rukomeje mu rukiko rukuru, hakomeje kwibazwa niba bwana RUCAGU Boniface na Generali GATSINZI Marcel nabo baba bagiye kuburanishwa ku byaha bya jenoside bakekwaho. Kimwe na Senateri NZIRASANAHO, bwana […]
Photo: Uwacitse ku icumu n’umwana we mu nzu yabo iva imbere y’ikidendezi cy’amazi yaretse mu ruganiriro. Kibirizi, Gisagara. Raporo y’umugenzuzi mukuru w’imari ya Leta y’umwaka w’imari turangije wa 2013-2014 nkuko bimaze kumenyerwa yongeye kugaragaza imicungire idahwitse y’ amafaranga na gahunda zagenewe gutera inkunga abacitse ku icumu rya […]
Mu ijoro ry’ejo ku itariki ya 06, ukuboza, 2013, uwacitse ku icumu rya jenoside witwa Leonard Ntagorama wo kigero cy’imyaka 42 yishwe atewe ibyuma. Ntagorama usize abana bagera kuri batanu yari umuyobozi w’umuryango IBUKA mu tugari twa Busoro na Karama two mu murenge wa Buyoga, akarere ka Rulindo, […]
Reflections on Article 8 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the right to effective remedy for survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda to mark Human Rights Day
Yesterday marked the 64th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which Human Rights Day marks each year on 10th December. The UDHR came into effect in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust and World War II, on December 10, 1948. […]
Guest blog post by Mireille Ishimwe. A few weeks ago as I was visiting my family during spring break, I learned that according to a census done by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda in 2007, there were around 300,000 Tutsis survivors of the 1994 genocide against […]
I spoke to France 24/Spanish Channel, yesterday. They asked me my views on forgiveness and reconciliation. I have to admit that the duo is certainly NOT my favorite topics to discuss. Next, my favorite topic came up: Justice for the victims. They asked me why i feel strongly […]
For those in Washington DC area, please join us at George Washington University for a discussion reflecting on the legacy of genocide in the lives of its survivors, 25 years later. I will address the legacy of the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi after twenty-five years, the […]
Twenty-five years after the genocide, its effects are shaping a new generation.
What are the effects of being born of rape in the name of genocide? How are mothers who survived this brutal violence in Rwanda dealing with the trauma and complexities of their lives and the long-lasting, multigenerational impact of what was done to them?
Click here to read the entire story and absolutely fascinating pictures by Jonathan Torgovnik as appeared in the New York Times today
“No other country today has so many perpetrators of mass atrocities living in such proximity to their victims’ families”. Read the entire article as it appeared in the Ecomimist today, to understand the twists and turns of Rwanda’s post-genocide dilemma and the unique ordeal genocide survivors have to face on daily basis.
A Baby Step In The Right Direction: US Senate’s Resolution Observing the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda
The Democratic Senator of New Jersey, Bob Menendez, today introduced a Resolution marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, which cost the lives of over one million people. “This April we join with the people of Rwanda and the global community to solemnly commemorate the 25th Anniversary […]