Post(s) tagged with "Rwanda"

UN peacekeepers origin by nation [via Twitter]

UN peacekeepers origin by nation [via Twitter]


Jared Diamond - Why Societies collapse

You know what I find truly tragic? How desensitized the human nature is. We witness something, our systems are shocked by it and then we adapt to it. You turn on the News and see all the massacres and injustices and slaughters of humanity happening all across the world and for a moment, your heart breaks. It truly does. Then you move on with your day. We’ve become used to the Arab Springs, another Rwanda would not shock us nor an impending World War be any surprise. In fact, Rwanda has been happening for the past 60 years in Palestine. We have been at war for centuries. What does a World War constitute of? The inclusion of all the nations as they murder each other? Well, aren’t we there? Aren’t we killing each other and ourselves off? Whether you do it with nuclear bombs or heroin - the result is the same: Total destruction of our species.


We, as a people, can prevent all this madness! We are gonna lose one of the easiest wars; the war against ourselves. We’re such an arrogant species, it’s quite funny actually.


RSA Animate - The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens? (by theRSAorg)


Picture description: Skulls of victims of the Ntarama massacre during the 1994 genocide are lined in the Genocide Memorial Site church of Ntarama, in Nyamata.

Between April and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days.

Most of the dead were Tutsis - and most of those who perpetrated the violence were Hutus.

Even for a country with such a turbulent history as Rwanda, the scale and speed of the slaughter left its people reeling.

The genocide was sparked by the death of the Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, when his plane was shot down above Kigali airport on 6 April 1994.

A French judge has blamed current Rwandan President, Paul Kagame - at the time the leader of a Tutsi rebel group - and some of his close associates for carrying out the rocket attack.

Mr Kagame vehemently denies this and says it was the work of Hutu extremists, in order to provide a pretext to carry out their well-laid plans to exterminate the Tutsi community.

Whoever was responsible, within hours a campaign of violence spread from the capital throughout the country, and did not subside until three months later.

But the death of the president was by no means the only cause of Africa’s largest genocide in modern times.

History of violence

Ethnic tension in Rwanda is nothing new. There have been always been disagreements between the majority Hutus and minority Tutsis, but the animosity between them has grown substantially since the colonial period.

The two ethnic groups are actually very similar - they speak the same language, inhabit the same areas and follow the same traditions.

However, Tutsis are often taller and thinner than Hutus, with some saying their origins lie in Ethiopia.

During the genocide, the bodies of Tutsis were thrown into rivers, with their killers saying they were being sent back to Ethiopia.

When the Belgian colonists arrived in 1916, they produced identity cards classifying people according to their ethnicity.

The Belgians considered the Tutsis to be superior to the Hutus. Not surprisingly, the Tutsis welcomed this idea, and for the next 20 years they enjoyed better jobs and educational opportunities than their neighbours.

Resentment among the Hutus gradually built up, culminating in a series of riots in 1959. More than 20,000 Tutsis were killed, and many more fled to the neighbouring countries of Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda.

When Belgium relinquished power and granted Rwanda independence in 1962, the Hutus took their place. Over subsequent decades, the Tutsis were portrayed as the scapegoats for every crisis. (Read entire article here)

Also read this article called: “Why is there conflict between Tutsis and Hutus?”

Also read the definition of Hutu & definition of Tutsi

Rwanda, 1994 - Survivor of Hutu death camp.

Rwanda, 1994 - Survivor of Hutu death camp.

Remember, the public has long been ahead of the media in understanding that news is not as it seems. The defensiveness of journalists to discuss openly the way they work, and the way news is selected has left them behind. For me, the horrific human carnage of the wanton invasion of Iraq was the ‘final straw’ — if one was needed. The invasion caused the deaths of more than a million men, women and children — that’s the figure that comes from the Johns Hopkins University epidemiological survey, the only peer-reviewed study, and it’s higher than the Fordham University estimate of the number of people who died in the Rwanda genocide. The Johns Hopkins work was attacked and ignored by much of the western media, so that most people in the West have no idea of the sheer scale of suffering caused by their governments. According to Dan Rather, the former CBS news anchor I interview in my film, had journalists in the US done their job and challenged the lies about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, instead of amplifying and echoing them, the invasion may not have happened. So the blood of all those people is on our hands in the media.

- John Pilger (via azspot)


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