Kagame: Racial Ideology Bred 1994 Genocide


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cure geneva; color: #222222;”>Tufts President, Mr Antony Monaco, praised Kagame for his efforts in bringing to an end the violence that engulfed the country 20 years ago.

“We have watched in sorrow and shame as Rwanda marks the 20th anniversary of the tragedy,” remarked President Monaco.

On the other hand, President Kagame in his lecture, highlighted the importance of historical clarity on mass atrocities, saying, it was a duty the country owed to the victims and that this would be a foundation of genocide prevention for future generations.

He said that the Genocide was prepared over decades with profiling characterised by provision of identity cards indicating ethnic group and marking of homes belonging to members for future extermination.

“During the Genocide, the famous hate radio, RTLM, broadcasted lists of Tutsi to be killed, it instructed killers not to spare old people, children; and warned that the Tutsi were cannibals and had devil’s tails,” he said.

“Some countries considered disabling RTLM station, but ultimately decided that jamming the signal was too expensive and might set a bad precedent about violating sovereignty.”

The intellectual basis of the Genocide, Kagame noted, was racial, an ideology imposed on East Africa in the colonial period.

“Belgian administrators and Catholic missionaries made racial ideology the sole basis of political organisation in Rwanda.”

The International community, he said, was also to blame for deciding to stand aside when the killing started, after having given people a false sense of security.

This choice, he said, enabled and emboldened the extremists.

“After 1994, we brought two and a half million Rwandans back home. Many were involved, directly or indirectly, in the genocide.”

“Impossible as it may sound, we made the choice to build a new nation that included all Rwandans, even those who had fled after the genocide.”

Kagame noted that a lot of lessons had been picked from the massive bloodshed: “What we learned as Rwandans is that people must ultimately be responsible for their own fate. If you wait for help to come, you will perish. If you wait for others to tell you how to rebuild, you may find their instinct is to reconstruct the same flawed structure.”

“The ultimate goal is to repair a devastated social fabric in order for a nation to heal and begin to rebuild. Other nations emerging from unrest should borrow a leaf.”


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