THE GENOCIDE AGAINST TUTSI: Lest we forget

This week marks the 22nd anniversary of the genocide against Tutsi in what has gone down in history as the most horrific, barbaric and only televised genocide in history.

April 6, 1994 is a date that will live on in infamy, a day when fellow Rwandans resorted to killing their own kith and kin at the behest of their government.

It was a genocide that was pre-planned, methodically executed with the intent of annihilating Tutsi from the face of the earth. Bagosora promised “the apocalypse” and he delivered. The death of Juvenal Habyarimana was used as a pretext. To argue otherwise is utter nonsense.

As horrific as April 6 was, July 4 of the same year when Kigali fell and genocide was halted is testament to the triumph of good over evil. Evidence of that indomitable spirit and resilience of a people that is patently Rwandan. It is a day correctly defined as LIBERATION DAY.

Those who choose to refer to what happened in those 100 dark days as the “Rwanda genocide” are simply trying to mock us while they try to deny and trivialize the genocide against Tutsi. We must not be fooled.

Those who argue numbers are doing the same. After all numbers have nothing to do with whether a genocide takes place, versus the intent to annihilate, in part or in whole, a specific group of people.

Mourn we should, to comfort the spirit and tend to our physical wounds. After all the wounds are still fresh, and our detractors will not let us forget or recover with their persistent scheming and conniving as they plot to finish the job they started, not once, but in 1959 and 1994, and many, many times in between.

Our mourning must never be equated with helplessness. In so doing we remind one another that we must forgive for Rwanda to move on. But, for the love of God, let us  NEVER forget.

The Motherland was awash in the blood of innocent people whose only crime was to be born Tutsi. Out of this blood and carnage and mayhem of 1994, a new Nation was born.

That 1994 was not followed by retribution speaks volumes about the intrinsic value of humanity; the love and grace of a People. We must forever remember that we are our brothers’ keepers.

Good things are happening in Rwanda, and there is no stopping us. Many friends acknowledge our painful but determined journey, and many have stretched arms of friendship.

The presence of Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli in Kigali, to join hands with Rwandans as we remember those who perished in 1994 is most reassuring. It takes a decent and honorable man to step forward and correct devious, shameful and dishonorable acts of his predecessor(s).

Former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, that FDLR sympathizer and hater of Rwanda is but a nightmare in our long journey to salvage our beloved Rwanda. Tanzania is better off without him, so is the region. He deservedly belongs to the dustbin of history.

In this sad and painful period, we owe to each other, to forge an unbreakable bond, a covenant that assures future generations that Rwandan blood will never be shed in similar fashion.

About Willis Shalita

I am a writer who is very impassioned about Rwanda and its remarkable journey from the barbaric carnage of Genocide against Tutsi. I am an avid photographer. I believe the African story should be told through African lenses. Our time has come. If not now, when?
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One Response to THE GENOCIDE AGAINST TUTSI: Lest we forget

  1. Mujura says:

    As President Kagame said, “we are a people who have pride and people who are ready
    for peace and for war for our rights.” The days of Tutsis being attacked with machetes are
    gone. Doing that today would be akin to the proverbial loser who brings a knife to a gunfight!

    Twenty two years later and our resilience is evident to the entire world, even to our foes. We must
    strive to live in peace so as to reap its dividends. That being said though, our vigilance has to remain focused. We must also vigorously counter the genocide deniers narrative.

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