President Paul Kagame may succeed in bringing the murderers to justice!
He leads a country that is said to have experienced the worst genocide in the last century. Now he tries to bring those said to be involved in the killings to face justice. The road to achieve that goal is a very long one, but he has chosen to travel the road.
< Waiting for justice, but for how long? Questions as to why all the skulls were left behind by merciless killers need answers. Who did it, why, and where are those who did it, are the possible questions this woman must be asking herself, as she is surrounded by skulls of missing bodies, while at the same time she looks up to the international community in search for answers!
And when I heard the Rwandese president had started to travel the road looking for justice and answers for his people, I got interested to learn more about the atrocities in his country. The people butchered have relatives waiting and looking for answers — why the massacre took place! But is the international community willing to provide answers, help or arrest those accused of genocide, the people they have given refuge far away from Rwanda?
I heard of the genocide in Rwanda, and where was I? In the West.
I read in the media about the genocide in Rwanda, and where was I? In the West.
I have spoken with people about the genocide in Rwanda, and where was I? In the West.
I have listened to people discus genocide in Rwanda, and where was I? In the West.
And until today, I had not watched the film – Hotel Rwanda!
I managed to get the video – Hotel Rwanda. I sat down yesterday and watched the film at home. I have never sat down to watch a film that makes me get chilly all over my body!
Hotel Rwanda made me feel like I was in hell, I felt chilly throughout the time the film lasted. When I started it, I was a bit tired, but after 30 minutes into the film, I became very awake because of the activities shown in the film.
I started asking myself questions on where the neighbouring countries were when the killings were going on. I asked myself where African countries were when the massacre took place. I asked myself what is wrong with African leaders when it comes to grabbing power.
I discovered I had no answers to these questions.
I started asking myself where the international community was. I asked myself where the West was, and even deeper thoughts circled inside me. I wondered where in particular, the UN, USA, UK, France, Belgium etc …,. (there are many to mention) …were when the atrocities were being committed.
Now I sit down wondering alone, and asking myself, did it really happen, or I have just seen a film that wakes imagination, because if it really happened…… then what … are human beings unworthy of life in developing countries?
I do not know, I was not there so I cannot say it happened. And yet I do not know either whether it did NOT happen, because I was not there!
But then I sit down, and rewind the film, watch it again and again. At the end of the movie it shows in small script that the man who was the manager of the hotel in question, a Hutu man enjoined in marriage to Tutsi woman, the woman from the massacred tribe, and their children live in Belgium after being rescued from the hotel where he saved many lives.
Then I tell myself, Jesus, this is a true story, a shocking story.
Where were the world leaders? Were they able to stop the genocide? Of course they could, if they wanted. They stopped the killings in the Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Bosnia.
But now I realise Africa stands alone. The west seems to say, if you want to kill yourselves in Africa, do so and help the world to reduce the growing population.
When the killings started in Liberia, Somalia, and Sierra Leone the international community held meetings to discus ways and means to stop the atrocities. They talked for long, and when they finally decided to help, lives were already gone!
Look at Darfur in Sudan! We are still talking. Look at Somalia! We are still talking. What a mess!
But look at the positive concern the International community directs to Iraq!
Remember when Kuwait was invaded, a Oil nation, action was quick to save the people, and most of all the saving of the Kuwaiti oil which flows to the West!
Why did the international community leave the Rwandese to murder one another? Will God really forgive the international community? I doubt it. Tragedies will befall the international community, because of ignoring the value of live in Rwanda, and other parts of Africa. This is a saddening affair. It is sad to say, but it must be said one day. And that day might as well be now.
I have a problem after watching the film Hotel Rwanda.
I hope world leaders have had the opportunity to watch it, because the film will call upon them to start on a trip of “soul searching.”
The film guides us into understanding how the tragedy fell into almost every home of the Tutsi tribe. They were “pangared” (cut or slashed) like wood or animals. They were gathered, made to sit like an ant hill, and shot in close range. Murder in cold blood!
It hurts me to narrate.
The fact that the international community did not stop the genocide in Rwanda, does not mean they cannot do anything to help bring justice in the country.
Many countries in the West are hoarding those who are accused of genocide. They claim that they do not want to arrest, and deport them to Rwanda, because they fear they will be put to death.
The best that the international community can do now, is to arrest all those mentioned in the list from the Rwandese government, and have them defend themselves. Let them, in evidence, convince the international court of justice of their innocence.
<The men arrested in the UK deny the charges, the worst atrocities committed in last century! It is reported that, Vincent Bajinya was arrested in north London, Charles Munyaneza in Bedford, Celestin Ugirashebuja in Essex and Emmanuel Nteziryayo in Manchester.
Britain recently took a step in the right direction. The country arrested Rwandese pictured above, who had comforted themselves with western lifestyle, yet they are accused of having blood of the Tutsi on their hands.
Of course, we are not saying the arrests indicate guilt! They are innocent until proven guilty, but should not be shielded in the name of human rights in the west, because the west fear if these people are deported to Rwanda, they will face death sentences.
Norway is one country that has some of the Rwandese accused of genocide. Norway has categorically refused to arrest, and have the accused defend themselves in the international court set up by the UN in Tanzania.
Norway’s moral is questionable on this subject of justice for those who lost their beloved ones, during the speedy massacre that was orchestrated by the Hutus.
How then will anyone know if these people mentioned are guilty of genocide or not, if they are not given the opportunity to tell their stories in a court of law.
The wounds in Rwanda will only start to heal, after all those who have been mentioned are arraigned in courts, given time to defend themselves, and either be found guilty or not.
All nations should give justice a chance!
By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN