Rwandan genocide

posted on 21st of may, 2011

The same day, after the assassination of Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimiana, on April 6, 1994, a hundred fanatic Hutu supporters of the president begin setting up roadblocks in the streets of Kigali, the capital, and other major cities. The fanatics are paramilitaries of Habyarimiana's militia, established to embody Hutu nationalist spirit in reaction to the presence of Tutsis in their country. Filled with alcohol and hatred against the Tutsi and dissident Hutus, the men begin massacres with machine guns and machetes against anyone whose identity card indicates their undesireable ethnicity or a family connection with political opponents. Their actions spread panic through the Tutsi population, which must hide to save its life. In the town of Nyarubuye, not far from Kigali, a small delegation of Tutsi, allarmed, turns to their mayor, Sylvestre Gacumbitsi, to ask for aid and protection from the bands of assassins sweeping through the area. The mayor refuses, advising them to seek refuge in the local church and to be patient. A few days later, a group of armed men park their jeeps outside the church and attack with grenades the men, women, and children huddled inside. Hours later the militia bursts into the church and finishes off the screaming survivors with machetes, writing in blood one of the darkest pages in the history of the Rwandan genocide. Eight years later, the leader of the Nyarubuye massacre is arrested in Tanzania and led to Arusha for trial. The massacre in Nyarubuye is one of the blackest pages in the history of the Rwandan genocide. Twenty thousand Tutsi slaughtered by bullets, grenades, and the machetes of Hutus from Interahamwe led by the town's mayor, Sylvestre Gacumbitsi. Ten years after the mass killing that exterminated 800,000 Tutsis and dissident Hutus, the International Penal Tribunal of Arusha condemned Gacumbitsi to thirty years in prison. A victory for the families of the victims, and for Fergal Keane, the BBC journalist who began hunting Gacumbitsi immediately after the massacre, among the refugee camps in Tanzania.

Comments (8)

Posted by Voytekj on May 30, 2011
Thanks for sharing..
Posted by Laurasinelle on May 23, 2011
Thanks for sharing, its a really sad.
Posted by Amlyd on May 23, 2011
“Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn” - Robert Burns
Posted by Joezachs on May 22, 2011
It was said that they used machetes and axes as they did not want to waste bullets. Those who wanted to be killed by bullets were asked to pay for it and then have the luxury of having being shot for instant death.
The sad part was that the world looked on as this went on.
Posted by Egomezta on May 22, 2011
Thanks for sharing this history... So sad.
Posted by Thanatonautii on May 22, 2011
Sad reality! It`s really bad that no one does anything about African countries! The UN and US go only in places from where they can get oil! Let`s hope everything will be ok for all those poor people!
Posted by lzf on May 21, 2011
god bless them
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on May 21, 2011
we must remember history lest we are destined to repeat it .....

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