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Rwanda

The Survivors

By on May 28, 2011 in Rwanda with No Comments

  “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

By on May 28, 2011 in Rwanda with No Comments

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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Summary

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  The next eight posts are summarized or directly compiled from multiple sources – in particular from our visit to the Rwandan Genocide Memorial. I have attempted to be as factual as possible and not include any personal opinions. If anything is incorrect please let me know. Sources Rwandan Genocide Memorial Time magazine Telegraph, UK […]

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Land of a thousand hills

By on May 27, 2011 in Rwanda with No Comments

The clouds were heavy, black, and pendulous as we flew in to Kigali airport, Rwanda.  As we cleared the cloud cover we were met by a verdant, lush landscape. Green as far as the eye could see, broken only by sharp orange slashes of road and sporadic small villages, identifiable from the sky by the […]

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