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 […]
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 […]
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.
On March 25, 1998, President Bill Clinton expressed regret for failing to halt genocide in Rwanda, saying that he didn’t “fully appreciate the depth and the speed with which [Rwandans] were being engulfed by this unimaginable terror.” But U.S. officials in Rwanda had been warned more than a […]
Justice for survivors: Two decades later, Genocide orphans still deprived from their parents’ assets
Minister Kaboneka responds to queries from senators at Parliament yesterday. (Timothy Kisambira) Two decades later, genocide orphans are still facing several difficulties to recover the assets left by their parents killed in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. The only survivor of his family, Karekezi learned that his […]
Photo by Foundation Rwanda An estimated 20,000 children were born of rapes committed during the 1994 genocide aganist Tutsi in Rwanda. From the New Times, July 01, 2013 About 800 women, mostly single mothers, who were raped during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and conceived through the […]
by Rory Carroll in the Guardian Classified papers show Clinton was aware of ‘final solution’ to eliminate Tutsis President Bill Clinton’s administration knew Rwanda was being engulfed by genocide in April 1994 but buried the information to justify its inaction, according to classified documents made available for the […]