Editorial by Françoise Kankindi, Bene Rwanda
The 22nd Day of Memory of Genocide against the Tutsis, Kwibuka 22, focuses on the theme of the struggle against the genocidal ideology that has…
Yolande Mukagasana, GARIRWA founder and relentless witness to the Rwandan Genocide honored in the Garden of the Righteous in Milan, held a ceremony in Kigali to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the tragedy and plan the creation of the Rwandan Garden of the Righteous.
21 years have gone by since the shooting down, in the night of 6/7 April 1994, of the plane of President Habyarimana, that started genocide in Rwanda. The country is the third African power, pointed towards future and reconstruction. But what is the role of the past in this process?
Yair Auron is an Israeli historian, scholar and expert specializing on Holocaust and genocide studies. We interviewed him about the upcoming international conference “The Study of the Shoah and Genocide - 20th Commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide”, that will take place at the Open University on November 4-5.
Weekly magazine Le Point features the full story of the controversy between Kigali and Paris about the responsibility of France in the Rwanda genocide.
Today's youths are the hope for Rwanda's future. Yolande Mukagasana leads a state programme to help reconstruction 20 years after the genocide, and is also the chairwoman of GARIRWA, the association for the Righteous in Rwanda, that is gaining more and more followers.
the extermination of Tutsis and moderate Hutus
From 6 April to 16 July 1994 Rwanda, a small country of Central Africa's region of the Great Lakes, was the scene of the genocide against the Tutsis and the moderate Hutus perpetrated by the extremists of the Hutu Power and the members of Akazu.
The region of Rwanda-Burundi, which was explored at the end of the Nineteenth century by the Germans, is assigned by the Society of Nations to Belgium for a mandate, in 1924. Fortified by the physiognomic theories of the Nineteenth century, Belgians placed their trust on the Tutsi ethnic group, which had conquered the crown around the Sixteenth century, unifying the country and establishing a feudal regome subjugating Hutus and Twas. In 1933 Belgians added the ethnical belonging to the Tutsis or Hutus to the data of the Rwandan ID cards.