By Noam Schimmel, First published at Mcgill university’s Center for Human rights and Legal Pluralism today. If you were asked to consider what would be a just sentence for someone who organized and implemented the mass murder of several thousand – possibly tens of thousands or hundreds of […]
1994-2018! Can you believe it's 25 years already? Yes, 25 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 both my parents, 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 6 years ago to serve as a space for reflection on justice and memory after this tragedy.
Originally posted on ericlr.wordpress.com:
A year came, it was the seventh day of april 1994. I remember the hundred endless darkest days when fear nocked on the doors of tutsis. With confidence and support they rushed, machetes and swords they carried. Cries of innocent children heard…
Every genocide survivor has at least one darkest day in his life. A day that made his entire life fall apart forever. A day that only those who lived it can understand. May 7th is that trying date for my wife, her brothers, our best friend Frida and […]
Throughout the conferences I attended in the United States lately, I raised up, again and again, the issue of lack of adequate reparation for the survivors of Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, 25 years on. In response I got the same old story from the officials: reparation […]
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 […]
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.