Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Church’

By Révérien Rurangwa

Révérien Rurangwa was a devout Catholic until the Rwandan genocide left his body scarred and his faith shattered.

Like many Rwandans, Révérien Rurangwa was brought up in a staunchly Catholic family. His village, Mugina, on the main road south from the capital, is dotted with one-room churches and a convent. In 1994, at the time of the genocide, there were 30 nuns living close by, and two Spanish priests. (more…)

By Jacob Alexander–Apr 28, 2011

KIGALI, Rwanda (BP)–From the small window of the Kenya Airways jet, I looked down on the beautiful green mountains of Rwanda as we slowly made our descent to the Kigali airport, where 17 years ago an airplane carrying Rwanda’s president was shot down, sparking one of the most evil acts of humanity in my lifetime. (more…)

Sam Nkurunziza–17 April 2011

Ngororero — Victims of the infamous Nyange massacres during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi were yesterday honoured at an emotional function held in Ngororero District. (more…)

Stephen Rwembeho–13 April 2011

Kayonza — At least 850 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi were accorded a decent burial in Mukarange sector, Kayonza District yesterday. (more…)

On April 6, 1994, all hell broke loose in RWANDA, signaling the commencement of the pre-planned genocide of the Tutsi. That same September, 1994, with the help of the French Catholic Church, 37 year old “Father” Wencheslas Munyeshyaka escaped from Rwanda, having desecrated Sainte-Famille parish in Kigali where he would invite his parishioners to meet their death, under his supervision. (more…)

As provided by the White House–March 25, 1998

Thank you, Mr. President. First, let me thank you, Mr. President, and Vice President Kagame, and your wives for making Hillary and me and our delegation feel so welcome. I’d also like to thank the young students who met us and the musicians, the dancers who were outside. I thank especially the survivors of the genocide and those who are working to rebuild your country for spending a little time with us before we came in here. (more…)

Friday was a very full and very sobering day. At my request Mr. Mundeli had contacted a taxi driver named Samuel that I’ve used before and arranged for him to take us out to Nyamata and Ntarama, two genocide memorial sites about 30 km outside of Kigali. Samuel was prompt at 9:30, and we loaded into his old Carola to start out. (more…)