Posts Tagged ‘Hutu’

May 4, 2011

The trial against two men accused of masterminding atrocities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has opened in Stuttgart. Never before has FDLR militia been made accountable for its crimes before a court. (more…)


Seventeen years ago this month the systematic and calculated massacre of an estimated one million Tutsi’s and moderate Hutu’s took place in Rwanda, in a matter of only 100 days. (more…)

By Jacob Alexander Apr 28, 2011

KIGALI, Rwanda (BP)–April is a time of annual mourning and remembrance in Rwanda as the nation reflects on the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 people were killed. Memorial services are being held across the country and many Rwandese are visiting mass graves where their loved ones are buried, still pained by the bloodshed that nearly destroyed a country. (more…)

By Megha Mohan–April 8th, 2011 On BBC

Miles from the Rwandan capital Kigali’s centre, tucked between bustling Senegalese and Ghanaian eateries, street butchers, pavement markets and the odd informal cinema, the Gisimba orphanage is not exactly easy to find. (more…)

By Bonny Mukombozi

15 April 2011

Nyabihu — Rwandans should draw lessons from the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and focus on shaping their future, the president of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, Bishop John Rucyahana, said yesterday.

He was speaking to thousands of mourners at Mukamira Genocide memorial site in Nyabihu District, at the reburial of over 40 Genocide victims, whose remains were recovered from the sectors of Mukamira, Karago, and Jenda.

“Despite the pain and frustrations, we need to make sure that we don’t live in the past. We should remember our fallen compatriots with the determination of making a difference. It should not be about to lament, and keep in grief, it is drawing strength out of this grief,” Rucyahana said.

According to testimonies, killings in Bigogwe area started before the 1994 Genocide, like a litmus test, where pro-government militia first put their killing tactics into practice. Hundreds of Tutsi in Bigogwe were subsequently killed and whose remains are still unaccounted for, survivors said.

Out of an estimated 7,000 Tutsi who were killed during the Genocide, in Bigogwe alone, 3,500 victims are yet to be recovered.

“The reality cannot be forgotten or distorted. If you say there was no Genocide, then resurrect the dead. The truth should be the light, to liberate those who killed in order to heal psychological disabilities,” the Bishop added.

Esperance Nyirankundimana, a survivor, recalled how they were hunted with dogs in Giswati forest. “Many died due to the cold, others were eaten by dogs, I grew up wondering whether God was on the Hutu’s side, because, a Tutsi was worthless, and their death meant nothing,” she recollected.

In another testimony, Bosco Ndagijimana, recalled that when his parents and siblings started killing the Tutsi, he risked his life by helping more than ten people to cross to the Democratic Republic of Congo, then known as Zaire.

“I hid in refugee camps,” he narrated, “but later, I turned out to be the most wanted by my fellow Hutus,” Ndagimana observed.

Nyabihu Mayor, Jean Baptista Nsengiyumva, revealed that two bodies were recently recovered under a residential house and requested the residents to volunteer information on where victims were dumped.


Martin Luther King, Jr. had 24 hours in a day. Benjamin Carson, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, has 24 in a day. We all have 24 hours in a day. (more…)

Frank Kanyesigye–12 April 2011

Tokyo — The Embassy of Rwanda in Japan, last week, joined the world to honour victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.The 17th commemoration was preceded by a prayer for Genocide survivors and victims of the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake and Tsunami that hit Japan last month. (more…)