To Orwell Today,

I rented "Sometimes in April" from Netflix a few days ago. I watched the movie and loved it.

I had no idea that this genocide took place in Rwanda. Since I watched the movie it has stayed with me and I think about the people who died and the ones who survived.

I have been telling others about it and telling them that they have to see it. This movie, the people and what happened will stay with me. It is definitely a must see.

Kimberly Whitney

Greetings Kimberly,

Thanks for your sentiments on SOMETIMES IN APRIL, and glad you agree that it's a "must see" movie for people wanting to learn about the Rwandan genocide.

In the sixteen years since April 1994 (when the genocide began) much water has passed under the bridge. The genocide was stopped in Rwanda in July 1994 but its masterminds and perpetrators moved next door to Congo where they've been killing Congolese Tutsis, Hutus and other tribes in Eastern Congo ever since.

Finally a hero came to the rescue in the form of General Laurent Nkunda who quit the Congolese army and formed a rebel army to fight against the Rwandan Hutus in Eastern Congo. See NKUNDA FIGHTING FOR PEACE

Nkunda had helped Kagame stop the killing of Tutsis in Rwanda, but Kagame wouldn't help Nkunda stop the killing of Tutsis in Congo. Instead, for reasons known only to himself, Kagame arrested Nkunda a year and a half ago and has been holding him prisoner in Rwanda in an undisclosed location. See KAGAME HELPING NKUNDA NOT & NKUNDA SAFE LIKE LUMUMBA? & NKUNDA DUE HIS DAY IN COURT

Since Nkunda's arrest in January 2009, the Rwandan Hutus are unopposed in their Eastern Congo killing spree, and hundreds of thousands of Congolese have been forced out of their homes and villages and into Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps run by the United Nations. There is no one to plant the crops or feed the cattle or protect the gorillas and their habitat. See NKUNDA CONGO'S ONLY PROTECTOR & NKUNDA'S ARREST PUTS GORILLAS AT RISK

Sometimes, when I think about April in Rwanda, I wonder about January in Congo.

All the best,
Jackie Jura


Congo Blood Flows Faster than Oil Spilled Into Gulf of Mexico
by Georgianne Nienebar, Huffington Post, Sep 8, 2010
...The United Sates and the British government stood by in January 2009 when "The Terminator" Ntaganda staged a coup d etat with the help of Paul Kagame to capture Nkunda, the only person with a shot of defeating Kabila. We were in-country interviewing Nkunda at the time, and while we were talking with him, the BBC was broadcasting that he was captured. It was clearly not the case, the BBC should have egg on its face, as well as censure, for that one, but no one has looked into how or why those premature reports were being broadcast in Goma, DRC. In a sense, the BBC aided and abetted the coup.... Listen to Laurent Nkunda condemning the brutality and corruption of the Kabila government. Days later he was abducted by Rwanda and is still being held under house arrest.... Go to KABILA KILLS, RAPES & BLAMES NKUNDA and NKUNDA SAY UN CRIMINALS IN CONGO

New wave of violence brings death and trauma for people living in North Kivu province, eastern DRC
Doctors Without Borders (Medicins sans Frontiers), Sep 6, 2010
MSF does not know who the perpetrators of these horrific attacks were, but is shocked by the brutality of the incidents and the ongoing level of violence suffered by the people caught up in the conflict in eastern DRC. A violent attack by men armed with hammers, and the burning of a village of internally displaced people, are two in a series of violent events suffered by people living in the Kivu Provinces of eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recently. The number of gunshot and rape victims being treated by medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in its hospital in Mweso, North Kivu, also rose in August, leading to heightened concern about the levels of violence suffered by people living in the conflict affected area.... The villagers are too shattered to speak. One man is totally confused and is constantly terrified, he calls and cries and kicks and beats until we calm him down and he returns to his coma. Then he wakes and relives the entire story again."... They report being scared, scared all the time. They spend their time wondering when they will be tortured and killed”....


BBC Interview with Laurent Nkunda ("...The national media present our image like bandits but the people in our area know we are normal people and have a vision...."). BBC, Nov 10, 2008



Jackie Jura
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