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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.

#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…

US court hears case against Germany over Namibia genocide

Today,  Lawyers for Herero and Nama people present argument in lawsuit demanding reparations for the first German- made Genocide. Think about this.  Over 110 years since the Herero genocide by the Germans, descendants of the victims are still fighting for their right to justice in form of reparation. In comparison, It’s been only  24 years since the start of genocide of Tutsi in Rwanda. But our voices calling  for reparation are becoming nearly silent than ever before. Read more to discover the incredibly long journey of Herero people seeking justice against all odds. Albert