It is estimated that between five and twenty thousand women were raped and bore children of that rape during the genocide were born as a result of rape committed against Tutsi women during the genocide. Nineteen years hence and the battle for mothers and the children born from […]
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.
From Igihe.com Yanditswe kuya 7-05-2013 – Saa 05:14′ na James Habimana Nyuma y’aho Inkiko Gacaca zisoje imirimo yazo mu mwaka wa 2012, bamwe mu bari baremejwe ko bagomba kurihwa imitungo yangijwe muri Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi, bakomeje kwinubira uburyo ibyavuye muri Gacaca bitahawe agaciro, ahubwo abari baratsinzwe bakaba barahisemo […]
Close to two decades have now passed since the start of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda. As years go by, Survivors mourns and keeps the memory of their beloved ones in various manner. Commemoration and remembrance remain critical characteristics of satisfaction that is available to […]
A guest post by Lindsey Hilsum, Patron of Survivors Fund (SURF). It is the season of remembrance. On Saturday May 5th I went to the Sainte Famille Church in central Kigali to meet a group of some 200 genocide survivors who were heading to eastern Rwanda to commemorate […]
In this article Albert Gasake, the Legal Advocacy Coordinator at SURF and Justice Commissioner at GAERG, explores the problems that persist for survivors in obtaining adequate and meaningful compensation for material assets that were lost during and as a result of the genocide. The failings of the Gacaca […]
“How could we have gone in there (Rwanda) and stopped that slaughter?” Senator McCain By Immaculee Kayitare Senator John McCain speaks at Robinson Exhibition Hall on Friday April 12, 2013. During his visit on Friday 12th, April 2013 at the University of Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service, […]
For survivors of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi nearly 2 decades on, Remembrance of this tragedy is no longer just a one-off event. It has become a lifestyle and an integral component of their raison d’être. Reparation which is the central topic of our blog is certainly one […]
A new short film on the Untold Stories of the survivors of the Rwanda genocide to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2011.
East African Legislative Assembly Passes a Resolution Supporting Survivors Call for a Trust Fund to provide reparations
Reparation, a long awaited “dossier” for survivors of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, continues to be an issue of concern not only for post-genocide Rwanda but also for the sub-region as a whole. In recognizing this, members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) passed a resolution yesterday officially […]
A New York-based human rights activist, Jacqueline Murekatete Calls for an international Trust Fund for the survivors of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi
First published as Rwanda: Genocide wounds take time to heal, 10th April 2013: http://www.theafricareport.com/East-Horn-Africa/rwanda-genocide-wounds-take-time-to-heal.html by Jocelyne Sambira. No changes have been made to alter the original text. Jacqueline Murekatete launched Jacqueline’s Human Rights Corner, a genocide prevention programme in 2007/Photo©Africa Renewal/Bo Li Almost two decades after the […]
Last Sunday, President Barack Obama marked the 19th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. The President stated that the United States, “grieves with the Rwandan people” who survived the killings. “Nineteen years ago, Rwanda was torn apart by a great evil,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “Today, […]
“The international community failed Rwanda, and that must leave us always with a sense of bitter regret and abiding sorrow. If the international community had acted promptly and with determination, it could have stopped most of the killing. But the political will was not there, nor were the […]
A snapshot on a Possible International Trust Fund for the Survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda
2014 is the twentieth anniversary of the genocide, and will mark the closure of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). This presents a unique opportunity to deliver reparation to survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda for which the Government of Rwanda does not […]
No one enjoys to be dependent on hand-outs, and as such our focus is providing the tools and resources to provide a hand-up to genocide survivors to enable them to rebuild their lives after the genocide. This month marks the nineteenth anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in […]
The International Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is now closing down after nearly 20 years of business, and continues to be subject to unprecedented criticisms. Since its establishment in 1994, it has consistently failed to recognize genocide victims’ right to participate in the proceedings and has yet to establish […]
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. […]
On CNBC Meets, which aired on March 20th, 2013, the former United States President, Bill Clinton, publicly expressed regret for the second time on the US failure to stop the 1994 Tutsi genocide under his Administration, also referred to as “the preventable genocide.” President Clinton told CNBC that […]
This blog is designed to centralize and disseminate information regarding reparations for the survivors of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.