Posts Tagged ‘Operation Turquoise’

By Howard Adelman

In 1994, between 6 April and mid- July—a period of 99 days of mayhem—approximately 500,000-800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu were slaughtered in Rwanda in a systematically planned genocide. (more…)

By Rose Gasibirege for ISN Insights 19 September 2008

In the last amendment of the May 2008 Rwandan Constitution, the correct designation of the 1994 tragedy of Rwanda is now called the “Tutsi’s Genocide.” This was done to confirm the historical truth for those who would deny the genocide, one of the worst crimes against humanity. (more…)

The interview below, hits the nail on the head on the true reasons for France’s continued hostility   towards Rwanda and its leaders–the French language. This is part of the interview which Tom Ndahiro had with Gerard Prunier a French expert on his country’s involvement in Rwanda. It was first published in April 1995 by “The New Thinking” Issue No. 2 on pages 9&10 (more…)

By: Tom Ndahiro

Introduction

Between April and July 1994, the world tried to ignore the annihilation of Tutsi in Rwanda. Today, it is impossible for anyone to forget the genocide. In particular, for survivors – those I call “living victims” – the genocide is a daily reality: it stole their friends and relatives, their plans and aspirations, and continues to haunt them. Raphael Lemkin argued that genocide is coordinated plans to destroy the essential foundations of the life of a group so that it withers and dies like a plant that has suffered blight. Genocide is a crime against all of humankind; against all notions of human civilisation. But it is also a deeply personal crime committed against individuals who re-live the memories of the genocide like a vicious, recurring nightmare. Survivors remain victims of the perpetrators, many of whose ongoing preoccupation is to alter or erase the world’s memory of the genocide. (more…)