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The road to Musanze

By on May 28, 2011 in Rwanda with No Comments

After an average dinner the night before (soggy pasta with ham and cheese), and a really average breakfast in the morning (soggy toast with jam), we headed off to Ruhengari, or Musanze as it is now called, in part due to the President’s desire to avoid scarring the next generation by association with genocide ravished […]

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Genocide worldwide

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The memorial also dedicated a section towards some of the other genocides committed over the last century. The Hereros 1904 – 1905 24,000 – 100,000 Herero killed, 10,000 Nama killed Denial of the genocidal campaign has been widespread, particularly among the 25,000 Namibians of German descent, because of a fear of land claims. The German […]

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The Aftermath

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  The war ended on July 4th, 1994 when the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) invaded from Uganda. The RPF was formed in 1987 from the descendants of the 700,000 Tutsis exiled between the first violent Hutu uprising in 1959 and those remaining in 1973. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was established in November 1995. […]

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The world stands still

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  Not one additional peacekeeper arrived in Rwanda before the war was over. Belgian UN peacekeepers were evacuated at the start of the genocide. General Romeo Dallaire told New York that as few as 5,000 troops were needed to instill peace.  Instead, the UN Security Council reduced assistance to 270 personal and limited its mandate. […]

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The Children

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Francine Murengezi Ingabire   Age: 12 Favorite sport: Swimming Favorite food: Eggs and chips Favorite drink: Milk and Fanta tropical Best friend: Her older sister Claudette Cause of death: Hacked by machete   Bernadin Kambanda Age: 17 Favorite sport: Football Favorite drink: Tea Favorite food: Rice Character: Clever at school Cause of death: Killed by […]

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The Survivors

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  “With what weapon can we defeat the inyenzi once and for all? Only with machete. Let’s crush the cockroaches!” – Hassan Ngeze, Kangura newspaper   Anne-Marie – 27 Immediately after hearing the news Hutu soldiers surrounded our home. We thought they just wanted money. My husband tried to get us a room at the […]

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The Genocide

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  In 100 days more than 1,000,000 people were murdered. 10,000 each day. 400 each hour. 7 each minute. Every minute of the day someone, somewhere, was being murdered, screaming for mercy. Receiving none. Women forced to kill their own children Children forced to kill their friends Families totally wiped out, with no one to […]

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Up to the Genocide

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Hutu general Juvenal Habyarimana seized power in a coup in 1973 and Rwanda became a one-party state. Habyarimana declared that all Rwandans were members of his party. To ensure ethnic superiority and political power over the Tutsis, his party was responsible for creating the Interahamwe – a flambouyant Hutu youth militia similar to Hitler Youth […]

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The Ten Commendments of the Bahutu

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  The Ten Commendments of the Bahutu Published in Kangura Newspaper in 1990   1. Hutus must know that the Tutsi wife, wherever she may be, is serving the Tutsi ethnic group. In consequence, any Hutu who does the following is a traitor: – Acquires a Tutsi wife – Acquires a Tutsi mistress – Acquires […]

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Rwanda: Pre-independence

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  The media in the west often portrayed Rwanda as a land of warring tribes. This was not so. The Hutus, Tutsis, and Twa had lived in Rwanda for many centuries. Over the centuries intermarriage had occurred and the ethnic groups were no longer completely distinct.  All Rwandans spoke the same language and there was […]

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