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1994-2018! Can you believe it's 26 years already? Yes, 26 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.

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

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.

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…