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1994-2018! Can you believe it's 24 years already? Yes, 24 years have now passed since the start of Genocide against the Tutsi in which an estimated one million women, men and children were brutally massacred. Of them were my both parents, my three sisters and countless members of my extended family. I survived. Like most of you readers, i ask myself what to do with this bonus gift of life? Well, that is a question!
In an attempt to add some meaning to my survival, I created this blog 5 years ago to serve as a space for reflection on justice and memory after this tragedy.

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…

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.
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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 […]