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.
Sula (Zula) Karuhimbi, who died Dec. 17 at the impressive age of 106, lived her whole life in the village of Musamo in central Rwanda, where she is celebrated as a hero. A Hutu widow born into a family of healers in the Gitarama district, she is remembered […]
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…
A house build by FARG for a survivor in Gakenke district Photo/AERG The Rwandan Auditor general identified numerous irregularities in the management and delivery of the Government Assistance Fund for survivors (FARG) programs. The current audit of FARG identified errors in the database and various cases of ghost […]
Abacitse ku icumu baganira ku kibazo cy’indishyi Nyagatare, 2012. Photo IBUKA Itsinda ry’inzobere z’umuryango mpuzamahanga IOM (International Organization for Migration, Genève) n’urukiko mpuzamahanga rwashyiriweho u Rwanda I Arusha muri Tanzania (ICTR) kuri uyu wa gatandatu 01/02/2014 ryasoje urugendo bagiriraga mu Rwanda rugamije kugishinama no gutangiza inyigo kuburyo ikibazo […]
Speaker: Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma / Location: Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, London Remarks by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma at the first of a series of commemorations to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. The event was hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat in partnership with […]
On October 7th the US Ambassador to the UN Samatha Powers along with United Nations Security council ( UNSC ) team including its current President amb. Agshin Mehdyev , paid tribute to over 250,000 buried in the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre . Recalling how the united nations failed […]