‘The Barefoot Woman’ Keeps a Mother’s Memory Alive

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.

Ibintu bikwiye kurangirana no Kwibuka25

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 […]

Holocaust: Dutch rail firm NS to pay families compensation

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…

Ubuhamya: Naguzwe Ibihumbi 20

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 […]

Kizito Mihigo: Aho Kuguhomba Yaguhombya

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 […]

They Remember. Do you?

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…

The Plight of my People

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…

A Key Pattern that all 20th Century #Genocides have in common

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…

#KofiAnnan ’s Unaccountable Legacy #genocide #Rwanda

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.
Albert

The Dark legacy of #KofiAnnan

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 […]

Imfuruka z’agahinda

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…

Archives Reveal: PR Motive Guided Israel in Aiding Rwanda Genocide Victims

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.
Albert

Abajenosideri ruharwa batavugwa kenshi

Jenoside igitangira, Abahutu b’iwacu ntabwo bitabiranye ibakwe impuruza yo gutsemba Abatutsi. Byafashe hafi icyumweru kugirango benshi mu Bahutu twari duturanye batangire “gukora” nk’uko babyitaga. Hari abajenosideri-ruharwa bavugwa gake, nyamara nibo leta yifashishije mu gutinyura abandi abahutu basanzwe, kwica nta mpuhwe mu duce dutandukanye tw’igihugu. Abo bicanyi babarirwa mu bihumbi, na magingo aya baridegembya, nta numwe uragezwa imbere y’ubutabera ngo aryozwe ibyaha yakoze. Abo bicanyi ni bande? Bagize ruhare ki muri jenoside? Kuki kubageza imbere y’ubutabera bikomeje kuba agatereranzamba? Mu mirongo mike ikurikira ndagerageza gusubiza ibi bibazo.

World without Genocide: Not a dream…

A must watch video. The United Nations released a profound video featuring Jacqueline Murekatete, sharing  the first survivor testimony at the UN- organised commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi. The only survivor in a family of nine, Murekatete bravely shared her story at the first annual commemoration […]

Xi Jinping at Kigali Genocide Memorial: Tribute or Hypocrisy?

By Albert Gasake:
During his first-time visit to the Rwanda’s capital Kigali last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a controversial stop at the Genocide Memorial where he paid ‘tribute’ to the victims of Genocide against the Tutsi. While his visit enjoyed a tremendous media coverage, the real disturbing question has gotten no attention at all — The China’s past and current role in genocides, as well as its open hostility towards human rights across the globe.  As a genocide survivor myself and rights activist who spend a good chunk of my time writing on social justice issues, I will tell you why President Xi Jinping needs to put actions where his mouth is…

The little Known Genocide…

When you think about the word Genocide today, the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi by Hutus and the Holocaust by the Nazis pops up quickly in mind. Very few know the first genocide of the 20 th century that wiped out over 80% of indigenous Namibians– Herero and Namaqua. A textbook genocide also done by the Germans. Learn more…

Nyuma y’amezi atatu yo “kwibuka twiyubaka”, tunibaze.

Dr. Philippe Basabose, Umwarimu akaba n’umuyobozi w’ishami ry’indimi, ubuvanganzo n’umuco muri Kaminuza ya Memorial mu gihugu cya Canada  munyandiko yasohoye kuri uyu wa gatandatu arasesengura ingingo zikomeye   zirimo ubutabera, kwibuka, imbabazi, n’ubwiyunge nyuma ya Jenoside yakorewe abatutsi mu Rwanda. Kanda hano usome Inyandiko irambuye ya Dr. Basabose. Dr. Basabose aragira […]

Imicungire mibi mu mafaranga yagenewe gutera inkunga abarokotse jenoside

  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 […]

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. […]

Elusive Justice

French judges have rejected a bid by survivors of Rwanda’s genocide to reopen an investigation into claims that French troops were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people they had promised to rescue.A source close to the case said Wednesday that three war crimes judges had on […]

Last Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of genocide, get life terms

This is an exciting and long-awaited news for us the genocide survivors globally! For the first time, two leaders of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia have been convicted of genocide. To make sense of it all, think of them as the Hutu extremist Theoneste Bagosora or Jean Kambanda during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi or  Adolph Hitler’s deputies like Heinrich Himmler or Frank Hans during the Holocaust. I noticed another pattern here: Like the Rwandan Hutu ‘genocidaires’  and Nazis criminals, these Cambodian ‘genocidaires’ have no single shred of remorse.  They claim to be targets of political persecution…