REMEMBER RWANDA GENOCIDE 28 YEARS AGO
"Yes, it's April again.
Every year in April the rainy season starts.
And every day in April the haunting emptiness descends over our hearts.
Every year in April I remember how quickly life passes.
Every year I remember how lucky I should feel to be alive.
Every year in April I remember."
Greetings Deo Koya Ntarugera,
Thank you for including me on the list of contacts to whom, the other day, you emailed comments about the upcoming presidential election in France or, as you phrased it, "...Passim availing the fugacious instant to relay the hereto appended French news piece issuing from our Parisian friends, certain brothers and sisters just about to field into their presidential racecourse a congruous portion of ladies and gents soon to issue the ferociously fast front runner...".
In other words, you expect more of the same animosity and enmity from France toward Rwanda no matter which horse wins the race.
And thank you as well for including a link to my website of our original discussion from 2007 wherein you explained the historical background of France's role in the Rwandan genocide. See FRANCO-RWANDAN BONES TO PICK and FRANCO-RWANDAN BONE OF CONTENTION
You also sent a link to your webpage where you recently re-posted the original article and I re-read it for a refresher on life in Rwanda in the years before and after the genocide. And it was a pleasant surprise to be mentioned in your introduction!
Note on the publication of THE FRANCO-RWANDAN BONE OF CONTENTION AND ITS IMPACT ON THE BILATERAL RELATIONS BETWEEN RWANDA AND FRANCE ON THE GREAT LAKES REGION OF AFRICA by the author Ntarugera Deo Koya, political and diplomatic Consultant.
The text was produced close to fifteen years ago as part of the multitude of texts I wrote with the intention of publishing them in book form later on. That book never saw the light of day. However, Rwanda government top officials did present some of my texts to their international fellow leaders of the global world in international forums. Then Prime Minister Bernard Makuza and Foreign affairs Minister Charles Murigande used to take turns to profusely express appreciation for my political and diplomatic literature of the genocide aftermath. I did publish some of said texts on the website of a Canadian friend of Rwanda: the ever obliging Jackie Jura who had taken such a great fancy to the mesmerizing person of Paul Kagame. Lots of Rwanda government departments had no website then, and the Office of the President of the Republic that had just acquired a website, was at a loss as to what to air on the web... ~ end of note
I must admit that I don't know what's going on, election-wise, in France (or anywhere else really) because in my opinion one politician, these days, is no different from any other -- they're all puppets (well paid) on a Shakespearean world stage -- "...All the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts...".
Here in Canada we're not a democracy -- we're living under totalitarian tyranny where protesters and dissenters and people who reject mandates and express freedom of speech are labelled haters and racists and terrorists and have their property and bank accounts seized -- and their spokespeople thrown into jail.
Our system of government here is what Orwell called "Oligarchical Collectivism" wherein billionaire "oligarchs" -- ie CEOs of multinational corporations from friend and enemy nations -- including Communist China and Russia -- own, "collectively", all our resources and industries -- ie our oil, coal, agriculture, forestry, fishery etc etc (that we, useless eaters, are not allowed to use or benefit from) and send it out of our country to be manufactured by slave labour into fuel to supply their industries and food to feed their privileged consumers. We're so inundated with billionaire foreigners buying up all our housing that we, in our own country, can't afford a roof over our head. See 9.Keeping Masses Down
But enough of that, I didn't intend to go off on a tangent.
What I really want to say is how godcidental it was to hear from you because I'd been thinking about Rwanda because, in April, I always remember Rwanda.
It was 28 years ago today, April 7, 1994, that the Rwandan genocide began and I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard that it was happening. It fired a passion in me to learn everything I could about that tiny nation of a thousand hills. Ten years later, in 2004, I began writing and posting articles about Rwanda on my ORWELL TODAY website. Miraculously, through the wonder of the world wide web, people in Rwanda discovered my website and were pleased with my perceptions about the genocide. This ultimately led to my travelling to Rwanda in 2006 and 2007 -- trips of a lifetime. And over these years I've posted hundreds of articles documenting and commenting on news events of post-genocide Rwanda and Congo -- the two Great Lakes countries intertwined against the same evil force -- the powers-that-be behind the genocidaires.
As I always do in April I'll be watching the movie SOMETIMES IN APRIL (from which the quote at top of the page was taken) and will be magically flashed back in time to Rwanda -- a place like nowhere else on earth -- a place I'll never forget.
All the best,
Jackie Jura, April 7th, 2022
PS - In the 28 years since the thousands of Hutu genocidaires ran from Rwanda into Congo and set up their base in UN refugee camps there has been non-stop hell in Eastern Congo except for the interval 2004-2009 when Congo National Defence of the People (CNDP) rebel army (subsequently infiltrated, betrayad and re-named M23) led by Laurent Nkunda was winning the war against the DRC/UN-backed Hutu-FDLR genocidaires and bringing peace and prosperity to the villages and protecting the gorillas until Nkunda was lured to Rwanda and arrested by Kagame.
Thursday marks 28 years since the gory scenes in Rwanda, South Africa News, April 6, 2022
It's 28 years since the world witnessed one of the most grim events in 1994. The Rwandan genocide claimed over 800,000 lives. In just 100 days, Hutu extremists slaughtered the minority Tutsi community. Rwandan President Paul Kagame has accused France of backing those who carried out the massacres. A charge denied by Paris. The month of April will always be a constant reminder of the gory scenes in Rwanda. Members of the Hutu ethnic majority murdered as many as 800,000 people mostly of the Tutsi minority. This comes after the aircraft carrying the former President of Rwanda Juvenal Habyarimana was shot down in Kigali leaving no survivors. After that incident, the genocide started masterminded by Hutu nationalists. Kagame says they have come a long way. He says, "Rwandans have been participating and the leadership that was put together since the genocide was over when we took power in 1994. We brought Rwandans together from all backgrounds and implemented the Arusha Peace Process". Local officials and the Hutu-led government encouraged people to take up arms and kill their neighbours. When the Rwandese Patriotic Front gained control it was too late thousands had been massacred and over two million refugees fled Rwanda and created a humanitarian crisis. Kagame says this should never happen again. "Divides don't just disappear, you must ensure that you put in place political programmes that build people and realise more in common than what divides them". Twenty-eight years later down the line, Rwanda has positioned itself as one of the thriving economies in Africa. Recently, a Rwandan appeals court upheld a 25-year jail sentence for Paul Rusesabagina who was portrayed in the movie HOTEL RWANDA sheltering hundreds of people during the 1994 genocide. He has since acknowledged having a leadership role in the Rwanda Movement for Democratic Change but denied responsibility for the attacks.
Uganda army says Rwanda army had nothing to do with Congo anti-gov't rebels [M23] attacks in Eastern Congo, UgandaNewVision, Apr 3, 2022
...I believe the three great Presidents of our nations (Museveni, Kagami and Tshisekedi) will quickly resolve the issue of M23... In December 2021, Uganda deployed troops in Eastern Congo on the invitation of DRC [Congo gov't], mainly to pacify the area and root out insecurity orchestrated by various armed groups, especially the M23 and others... The fight against M23 rebels has pushed the number of refugees crossing into Uganda via the Bunagana border point to over 10,000...
Congo M23 Rebels Surround Bunagana [Nkunda's home town], UgandaNewVision, March 29, 2022
March 23 Movement or M23 rebels have reportedly advanced and surrounded a major border town of Bunagana which military [gov't] sources fear can be seized any time. "Bunagana is in danger because it is surrounded by the M23 who continue to advance, they have already arrived at Rwanguba hospital, 15 km from Bunagana. The M23 have overwhelmed our armed [gov't] forces", says a source. For now, the border town of Bunagana is still controlled by the FARDC [gov't forces] but several residents have left as a precaution. Some have crossed the Ugandan border while others have taken the direction of Rutshuru-centre, Kiwanja and others are in Rangira. Heavy gun fire and bombardment continued into the second day as DRC army clashes with the M23 rebels in several villages of territory of Rutshuru in North Kivu...
Reader Liam is studying history & military strategies of Rwanda (needs the source for map of RFP maneuvers in 1994), November 2020
RWANDAN GENOCIDE IN CONGO NOW, November 2013 (...I used to admire and respect Kagame for leading the anti-government rebellion against Habyarimana and stopping the genocide of Tutsi by Hutu in Rwanda in 1994 and for fighting the genocidaires in the Congo in subsequent years. But then, four years ago -- in January 2009 -- Kagame kidnapped Nkunda, the Tutsi Congolese general who was leading a successful anti-government rebellion against Kabila and stopping the genocide of Tutsi in Congo by the same Hutu army -- the FDLR -- who'd escaped into Congo after perpetrating the Rwandan genocide. Now, since Nkunda's gone from Congo, the Kivu area he protected -- which included the gorillas in Virunga as well as hundreds of thousands of villagers toiling on their farms in the breadbasket of the nation -- is under control of Hutu genocidaires who, with help from Kabila's army, have been massacring humans and gorillas -- and destroying the habitat of every living thing -- unimpeded. This Congolese genocide goes on while MONUSCO, the largest so-called "humanitarian" peacekeeping mission in the world -- run by BIG BROTHER UNITED NATIONS -- is feeding off the misery to the tune of nine BILLION dollars -- and climbing -- so far. There are 19,000 UN personnel -- including soldiers and aid workers -- who stand around doing nothing -- except run refugee camps -- while Congolese civilians are massacred on a daily basis...)
KABILA BOMBS NKUNDA'S BUNAGANA, November 2013 (...In these intervening 19 years the Rwandan Hutu genocidaires (FDLR) have destroyed Congo's food basket around Lake Kivu and brutally slaughtered millions of Congolese villagers with help from Congo's army (FARDC) and thousands of United Nations so-called "peacekeepers" who go by the name MONUC. The only person coming to the rescue of the Congolese was the Tutsi general Laurent Nkunda who rebelled against Kabila's corrupt army and formed an army of his own (CNDP). For a few years Nkunda was successful and his rebel army won against the Congo and Hutu armies and brought peace to Eastern Congo. The people were out of UN refugee camps and back in their villages growing crops and raising cattle and the gorillas in the volcanic mountains were thriving. But peace and prosperity wasn't what the Congo government and its Communist Chinese backers wanted. And peace wasn't what the United Nations and its USA/UK/EU funders wanted either. War and horror are the means and the end for the Communists and the Capitalists who work together behind the scenes -- pretending to be enemies when in fact they're friends -- just as Orwell said in 1984. To stop the peace in Congo Nkunda had to be eliminated and in January 2009 he was lured to Rwanda under false pretenses. When Nkunda got there Kagame had him arrested and he hasn't been seen or heard of since...)
NKUNDA'S CONGO CREDENTIALS ("...If I can tell you what I know about these gorillas, it's that they are so comfortable for me because.... this is my born area. And I'm a local chief here. If I was not in the army you would have found me in Bunagana as a local chief... Yes, I'm a local chief of this area. These gorillas are in my born area and in my local responsibility area. I have their interest to protect them and to let them grow....")
TALKING KAGAME/NKUNDA/GADDAFI, January 2012 (...Yes, it has been awhile since I've talked about Rwanda or Congo on ORWELL TODAY but I still follow happenings in the Great Lakes Region with great interest -- especially wondering about Nkunda and how he is doing -- and how his people in the Congo are doing without him. In September I posted quite a few articles, which I've linked at the bottom of the page. And of course, a couple weeks ago, on January 22nd, 2012 I thought very much about the Great Lakes Region because that was the day, three years ago in 2009, that Nkunda was kidnapped in Rwanda and put under house arrest. Since that time he hasn't been seen or heard from by journalists wanting to interview him or the Rwandan leadership about his situation... You mentioned Muammar Gaddafi in your document and that brings up another sore point I have with Kagame which is that he was one of the first African leaders to jump on the UN bandwagon approving the UN bombing of Libya. And it rubs salt in the wound considering that it was Gaddafi who helped fund the Rwandese Patriotic Army -- supplying weapons flown in from Uganda from 1990 to 1994 thereby helping Kagame stop the genocide... And Gaddafi helped Rwanda in many other ways, including in telecommunications. All of Africa owes thanks to Gaddafi that they have somewhat affordable cell phone and computer connections because Gaddafi put up a satellite in space for all of Africa to use, instead of having to pay exorbitant prices to connect to the established satellites...
RWANDA CONGO SOMETIMES, April 2010 (...Sometimes, when I think about April in Rwanda, I wonder about January in Congo...)
KAGAME-KABILA-NKUNDA SUMMITEERING, by Ntarugera Deo Koya, 2009
...Did they arrest Nkunda to canvass for peace, security? For whose peace? For whose security? Certainly not for the Congolese people's peace and security; nor for the Rwandans' for that matter. Congolese refugees have IN THEIR THOUSANDS lived in concentration camps in Rwanda for close to 15 years; GO SEE THEM IN BYUMBA, KIBUYE; CONCENTRATION CAMPS, NOT REFUGEE CAMPS PLEASE; CONCENTRATION CAMPS REMINISCENT OF THE WARSAW GHETTO AT ITS WORST -- PROMISCUITY, HUNGER, HUMAN MORAL STANDARDS AT ZERO LEVEL!!..
HOTEL RWANDA OR THE TUTSI GENOCIDE AS SEEN BY HOLLYWOOD, by Alfred Ndahiro and Privat Rutazbiwa (personally autographed), April 13, 2008
...In the same vein, Jackie Jura says: "I, personally, didn't lke the movie Hotel Rwanda, considering its trivialising of the plight of the Tutsi the way it soft-pedalled the butchering going on outside the hotel, by instead focusing all of its action on soap-opera type events going on inside the hotel. I never considered the star of the movie a hero, the way he was so blatantly portayed as being friends with the brutes who were masterminding the killing, i.e. the Minister of Defence and the head of the Interahamwe, among others." (8) ~ from Chapter 1, page 21
RWANDA SOMETIMES IN APRIL DVD (It's more than just a movie - it is actually a docu-drama - with live footage of real people and real-time TV-news coverage. Most of the actors are Rwandans and the film was shot on location in Rwanda...)
RWANDA FRENCH TURQUOISE FILM (The television film "Operation Turquoise", shown on the French television channel Canal Plus, takes its name from the humanitarian intervention that the French drove under UN official mandate from the 22nd June 1994 in Rwanda. The television film is centred on the events that prevail in the Rwandan Bisesero Hills during the first days of this intervention: the 27th June 1994. The French lieutenant-colonel Jean-Remy Duval (alias Harrege in the film) sent his convoy there and discovered hundreds of defenceless Tutsi trying to escape the orchestrated killings against them by the local authorities. Without, however, leaving a single one of his men at the scene in order to dissuade the attackers with their extermination, the convoy leaves, Duval promising the survivors to return to help them as soon as possible. More than a thousand of them perished during the attacks of an unequal intensity, the onslaught ending the 30th June, the date that the French military finally arrived with help...)
BISISERO HILL RWANDA HAUNTS CONGO
THE REAL HOTEL RWANDA
HOTEL RWANDA HERO NOT ORDINARY
A WANDER IN RWANDA, June 2007
DESTINY DESTINATION RWANDA, July 2006
RWANDA'S GOOD* MAN KAGAME
OLIGARCHICAL COLLECTIVISM IS CORPORATE COMMUNISM
READING ON RWANDA
9.Keeping Masses Down (In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance. It had long been realized that the only secure basis for oligarchy is collectivism. Wealth and privilege are most easily defended when they are possessed jointly. The so-called 'abolition of private property' put the concentration of property in far fewer hands than before: but with this difference, the new owners were a group instead of a mass of individuals...)
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