1994-2021! Can you believe it's 27 years already? Yes, 27 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.
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…
The National Public Prosecution Authority of Rwanda (NPPA) in 2017-2018 issued 218 indictments against fugitives of the 1994 genocide, Prosecutor General Jean Bosco Mutangana said yesterday on Twitter. Click here to […]
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.
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.
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 […]
Watch the 2-minute breathtaking story of Yannick on Spectrum news. A Genocide survivor, Yannick Kabuguza, was 4 years old when machete-wielding Hutu extremists invaded his home in Kigali and killed everyone […]
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…
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…
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
Eric Kamuzinzi, (37-year old now), is a genocide survivor who RECENTLY discovered a surprising photograph of himself when he was only 13 years old amidst the 1994 Rwanda Genocide against the Tutsi. He tells a heartbreaking story of his survival and tremendous resilience.
While I strongly disagree with de-criminalizing Holocaust and genocide denial, I think this piece that appeared in Washington Post today is worth reading. Unlike the author, I think Zuckerberg was absolutely wrong […]
Last week, my co-worker asked me for a recommendation of top 5 books on Genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda. This a tough question to answer since there are a lot of great […]
Authorities in Myanmar made preparations for attacks against the Rohingya with “genocidal intent” in the weeks before last year’s purge, a rights watchdog has claimed. A report by Fortify Rights, a Bangkok-based organisation, […]
Philibert Muzima, a survivor and author of ”# Imbibé de leur sang, gravé de leurs noms ” brings us another thought provoking article: Épître d_Élie ou les jérémiades d_un génocidaire impénitent. In this piece, […]
Mu minsi ijana ishize yo kwibuka numvise ubuhamya bwinshi bw’akaga katagira izina abarokotse jenoside banyuzemo mw’irimburabatutsi rya 94. Reka mbasangize ubwankoze ku mutima cyane kurusha ubundi. Mu mvugo idaca kuruhande nka […]
Germany’s public international broadcaster (DW) published an inspiring story yesterday of Esther Mujawayo, a genocide survivor who rose above her own trauma and now giving back to her community in Germany. Read her full story of courage and resilience below:
Chicago Tribune published today a very moving story and video clip of four Chicago-area residents who have survived genocide in different parts of the world including our very own Immaculee Mukantagara, a […]
In just 4 minutes, learn about the systematic and carefully pre-planned extermination of Rwanda’s Tutsi by Hutus. Credit#Kwibuka20 # ICTR
The New Yorker, one of the most famous magazines in the United States, published a great piece yesterday featuring genocide survivors’ outrage towards the early release from prison of the genocide’s perpetrators. Below, Read the […]
Jaqueline Murekatete, the Founder and president of Genocide Survivors Foundation, adds her voice to the bulk of imminent personalities calling to revisit the potential decision to grant unconditional early release of genocide […]