“It’s midnight- I can’t sleep! I can’t think, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t. August 13, 2004. What a horrific night. I can’t take the image out of my mind. It’s so hard to believe that our families, our very own people were burned alive and no justice has been served! I can’t take it, I just can’t understand! Lets’ all be strong.”
“Espy,” Esperance Mfurakazi Nasezerano, was venting her fear and anxiety onFacebook. What happened to her on that night in 2004? She was eleven years old and living in a tent at a United Nations refugee camp in Gatumba, Burundi when Front National de Liberation (FNL) rebels, with Mai-Mai, Interahamwe perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide, and soldiers from the regular Congolese army entered the camp. Death was in their eyes and evil had taken over their souls.
Un haut responsable de l’ONU a appelé jeudi le gouvernement burundais à désarmer immédiatement l’organisation de jeunesse du parti au pouvoir afin d’éviter “une explosion de violence meurtrière”.
“J’exhorte le gouvernement à désarmer immédiatement la milice des Imbonerakure”, a déclaré devant le Conseil de sécurité le Haut commissaire de l’ONU aux droits de l’homme Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein.
Il a affirmé que ses services avaient constaté “des dizaines de meurtres depuis deux mois, pour la plupart des attaques de manifestants et de défenseurs des droits de l’homme par des membres des Imbonerakure et des forces de sécurité”.
A quelques jours de l’élection présidentielle prévue le 15 juillet, lors de laquelle le président sortant Pierre Nkurunziza briguera un troisième mandat controversé, “les Burundais semblent se préparer à une explosion de violence meurtrière similaire à celles qui ont si souvent ravagé le pays”, a-t-il averti. Continue reading
As Americans celebrate the Fourth of July and our independence from foreign domination, we might be surprised to learn that Rwanda celebrated its day of independence on July 1.
Americans are fiercely proud of this heritage, and so is Rwanda. The difference in Africa is that “independence” is an ongoing struggle against a backdrop of powerful foreign interests.
“L’arrestation du chef des services de renseignement du Rwanda est basée sur l’arrogance absolue et le mépris” de l’Occident. “Ils doivent l’avoir pris par erreur pour un immigrant illégal. Ils nous traitent tous comme ils traitent les immigrants illégaux”, a déclaré le président Kagame dans un discours devant le parlement.
“Les Noirs sont devenus des cibles pour s’entrainer à tirer”, a ajouté le chef de l’Etat rwandais. Continue reading
“…First it was France, then Spain, then the UK. I don’t know who is next. When you are pushed against the wall and left with nothing else, building on that spirit, you come back in full strength. We have the power of being underrated, the power that comes from the anger of being held in contempt, and of being insulted. The real untold story is they want to change the narrative of what has happened in Rwanda that they were so deeply involved in. People say we are friends and support your development. Do you support my development and take away my dignity? In the end, we must and will prevail…” Video
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan military general was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport and will appear in court later this week, British police said Tuesday, prompting an angry response from Rwandan leaders.
Police said the warrant for Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, head of Rwanda’s intelligence and security service, was made on behalf of authorities in Spain.
Karake, a close ally of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, was one of 40 members of the Rwandan military indicted in 2008 on charges of terrorism and genocide by Spanish national Court Judge Fernando Andreu.
Is a lawyer and 2000 graduate of Princeton whose undergraduate thesis, “Building Peace and Establishing the Rule of Law: The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda,” qualified to give brutal testimony against the government of Rwanda in a congressional hearing this week? Does 11 months spent in Rwanda from July 2000 to June 2001 with the International Rescue Committee as a type of community organizer give this individual the moral authority to pass judgment on a country still recovering from the slaughter of up to 1 million of its people in 1994?
Steven Feldstein’s State Department bio is classic boilerplate. The only thing that is clear is his title and job description: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL). According to DOS, he is “responsible for DRL’s work in Africa, international labor affairs, and international religious freedom.