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To Orwell Today,
re: BISESERO SURVIVOR SAW FRENCH and BISESERO HILL HAUNTS CONGO
Am a Rwandan and living in Rwanda. I have been visiting your website several times though I had never wrote to you. Neither you know me but I would like to thank you for the work done to let the world know what took place in the country of Thousand Hills.
Can I ask you to let us know, if possible, the french response to the accusations of Rwandan genocide survivors in the area of Bisesero and the so-called Zone Turquoise?
I haven't seen any news about a French response to the accusations made by Bisesero survivors, ie that French soldiers actively participated in aiding and abetting Hutus commit genocide against Tutsis in 1994.
The last news I saw was about France's Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Kouchner's visit to Rwanda almost 5 months ago (in February 2008) and how he had angered genocide survivors by not admitting France's involvement in the genocide, let alone offering no apology. He didn't actually say France WASN'T involved in genocide, just that he never had, and never would, say it was. His words were:
"I believe there were errors of policy, of political analysis, I've always said that. I've never said, and will never say, that there was any involvement of the French armed forces in any murder whatsoever", said Kouchner. "I've never said that and I was there, so I know what I'm talking about."
In reality (in my opinion) Kouchner was somewhat complicit in the Rwandan genocide, travelling there twice while it was in full swing. Both times he pretended to be on "humanitarian" missions, cashing in on his credibility as founder of DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS, but in fact he was there to spy and then to set up OPERATION TURQUOISE. The rest is, as they say, "history".
As a direct consequence of the success of France's OPERATION TURQUOISE, thousands of Tutsis died in Bisesero and thousands of Hutus escaped into the Congo to commit genocide there and prepare to one day return to Rwanda.
I notice in news this week that there are 56,000 refugees living in camps in Rwanda and that 52,000 of those are Congolese fleeing Hutus committing genocide in their homeland. That's a direct repercussion of France's "humanitarian" mission, OPERATION TURQUOISE, about which they will neither admit nor apologise - EVER.
It never ceases to amaze me how a little country like Rwanda, with all its strikes against it, ie landlocked, no resources, problems of setting up society after genocide, is also burdened with looking after thousands upon thousands of refugees, and does so so humanely.
It also never ceases to amaze me that the biggest United Nations so-called "peace" mission on the planet (funded mainly by American taxpayers) gets away with keeping "war" in the Congo by siding with perpetrators and sympathisers of genocide, instead of helping General Nkunda (who they hate) stop it, just as they wouldn't help General Kagame stop it either.
All the best,
93% of refugees in Rwanda are Congolese. New Times, Jun 23, 2008
Rwanda is home to a total of 55,645 refugees, out of whom 52,083 are Congolese, while 2,831 (5.5 percent) are Burundians, new UNHCR statistics have shown. UNHCR Representative to Rwanda, Annette R. Nyekan, told The New Times last week that other refugees come from either Kenya or Somalia. She was speaking on the occasion to mark World Refugee Day at 'Ecole Sainte Famille' in Kigali....Nyekan said there were more female refugees in the country, making up 30,635 (55%). Children aged between 0 and 4 years are 12,233 or 20.85% of the total refugees, while those between 5-11 years are 2,914 (23.24%), with those between 12-17 years old estimated to be 10,044 (18.34%)....Comparing Rwanda with other countries in terms of refugee treatment, Nyekan said it was doing well. "Rwanda allows refugees to go to boarding schools, which is not the case in most other countries. Education opportunities are good," she explained. Nyekan also noted that refugees from DRC and others from neighbouring countries are easily assimilated. She said they had a lot in common, citing language and culture because many Rwandans were at one time refugees in the countries.
Genocide survivors offended by French Minister Kouchner comments. RwandaNewsAgency, Feb 3, 2008
Government has to be careful with the gestures for a renewal of diplomatic relations with France because of the suspicious language used by top French diplomat on a recent trip to Rwanda, Genocide survivors have demanded. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner was in Kigali on a visit observers say was to try to restore the severed relations. Mr. Kouchner and President Paul Kagame exchanged pleasantries calling each other "a friend". However, following his tour of the Genocide Memorial Center, Mr. Kouchner touched the hot potato in Franco-Rwanda relations - Genocide responsibility. He fell short of admitting French role instead saying there were "political faults". Mr. Kouchner told reporters: "It was certainly a political fault ... we didn't understand what happened. But there was no military responsibility." The genocide survivors' umbrella organization IBUKA is bitter. "The Association IBUKA has been heavily offended by these untruthful and arrogant comments, and vigorously denounces them", the grouping said in a statement released Saturday - more than a week after the visit. IBUKA says Mr. Kouchner - was himself in Rwanda during the Genocide between May 10 to 17 1994, but on pretext of evacuating orphans. When he returned to Paris, the former humanitarian campaigner avoided the use of the word Genocide to describe the events in the country. He never used the word 'Genocide' instead emphasizing it as the 'worst humanitarian crisis'. Well aware that had he used the word 'Genocide', it would have weighed strongly on international conscience", IBUKA says. Current estimates suggest that up to 1.5 million people were massacred by rampaging militias and government soldiers in just 100 days. However, as the RPF rebels took on ground, French soldiers are said to have aided the Genocide machine to flee south and then west to Zaire (DRC). Corroborated evidence to the government appointed probe into French role shows that French soldiers fought along the militias and government forces. In the south, they put up a 'humanitarian cordon' through which the interahamwe lived and later crossed to Zaire. French doctors in eastern Zaire are reported to have "deliberately amputated" limbs of wounded Tutsis in a move survivors who went through the ordeal say was to leave them inapt. In the fortified area - the zone turquoise, Tutsis girls as young as 10 years were hunted for and raped. According to experts brought in by the Mucyo Commission, French diplomats at the UN headquarters ensured an information blackout on Rwanda to prevent any debate. British researcher Prof. Linda Melvern detailed a conspiracy mechanism facilitated by then UN Secretary General Egyptian Boutros Boutros Ghali. IBUKA says France was aware of the "criminal and ethnic nature" of the regime in power that was implementing the Genocide - supporting them militarily, politically and diplomatically...
Rwanda: Bernard Kouchner Defends French Intervention in Rwanda. Rwanda News Agency, Oct 4, 2007
French Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Kouchner maintains that France deserves credit because it was the only country that intervened during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda as others just looked on, RNA reports. "We were over there, I was over there, the genocide was committed before our eyes, televised and no one intervened, except France", Mr. Kouchner said on Tuesday, according to excerpts of an interview with privately-owned radio network 'Europe 1'. The senior French diplomat also refuted any suggestion that his country's military was in any way involved in the massacres in Rwanda. According to numerous accounts from people that faced the carnage, French soldiers raped Tutsi girls and often just looked on as militias killed. Testimonies given to the commission that probed the French involvement in Rwanda show that that the soldiers were often working under orders from Paris. The commission report is expected within the coming days.... I believe there were errors of policy, of political analysis, I've always said that. I've never said, and will never say, that there was any involvement of the French armed forces in any murder whatsoever", said Kouchner. "I've never said that and I was there, so I know what I'm talking about."
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