Remembering Rwanda: 30 Years since the genocide

Remembering Rwanda: 30 Years since the genocide

Three decades ago, Rwanda was shattered by tragedy when the assassination of Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana plunged the nation into chaos. The downing of his plane marked the beginning of one of the bloodiest genocides in history, with at least 800,000 lives lost in a brutal campaign against the Tutsi minority.

As the world reflects on this somber anniversary, questions arise about the failures of the international community to intervene in conflicts across the globe, from Sudan to Ukraine to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a significant admission, French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged his country’s role in the Rwandan genocide, stating that France and its allies had the power to prevent the bloodshed but lacked the will to act.

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This admission marks a shift in France’s stance on its involvement in the genocide, which has long been questioned by human rights activists. The victims endured unimaginable horrors, with widespread killings and mass rapes fueled by anti-Tutsi propaganda.

Addressing a gathering at the commemorations, Rwandan President Paul Kagame placed blame on the international community for its failure to intervene. He emphasized the importance of unity and accountability in moving forward, stating that Rwandans must work together to rebuild their nation and ensure such atrocities never happen again.

Leaders from around the world joined President Kagame in paying tribute to the victims at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, laying wreaths and lighting candles of remembrance. However, even as the world remembers, reports emerge of new mass graves being uncovered, a stark reminder of the horrors of the past.

“Rwandans will never understand why any country would remain intentionally vague about who was targeted in the genocide. Such ambiguity is, in fact, a form of denial, which is a crime in and of itself, and Rwanda will always challenge it.” President Kagame

Despite the pain and trauma of the genocide, Rwanda has emerged as one of Africa’s most developed nations, a testament to the resilience and determination of its people. As the country reflects on its past and looks toward the future, the spirit of Kwibuka—remembering—remains central to its journey of healing and progress.

“The Czech Republic played a prominent role in calling for action to stop the Genocide. This spirit of solidarity and of speaking up against injustice, creates lasting bonds of friendship and respect.” President Kagame | Joint Press Conference with President Petr Pavel of Czech Republic

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Tapiwa Rubaya

Tapiwa Rubaya is the current affairs, fashion and sports reporter at My Afrika Magazine.

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