Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019

‘They wanted them to suffer’: 25 years since Rwandan genocide

‘They wanted them to suffer’: 25 years since Rwandan genocide
‘They wanted them to suffer’: 25 years since Rwandan genocide
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, Martyrs gathering for a commemorative ceremony in the capitol city. This morning it was a Mass Slaughter that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. Most of those targeted being Tootsie people and country is still healing. Rwanda president spoke at the ceremony, he said the resilience and bravery of the survive is represent Rwandan character and its purest form, so that was bringing Natasha fata. Who is covering the story for us today? You know we have to say this was a brutal War. It was a genocide until somebody tells here are going to be disturbing for people at home Natasha. Do we now know about how rawanduz marking his anniversary celebration? Some of the events that are taking place is going to be a week of commemorating what was one of the most brutal genocides of the 20th century and also a celebration of the survivors and what they have over. But really all of this will also include 100 days of national mourning and that’s because it was 100 days of Slaughter in Rwanda in 1994. So all of this begin on April, 6th 1994, president of Rwanda, along with his counterpart from a plane and that plane was shot down and everyone on board with killed. Both of those two men were ethnic food, and so the suspicion for many hutus was that there was another faction, the Rwandan patriotic front, which is a tootsie organization. They were responsible for the killing of these two prominent men and, as a result, it was used as an excuse to go out and Slaughter men, women and children. For the next 100 days they went from town to town city to City, community community, just killing and raping and pillaging. It was brutal. They wanted people to suffer churches and homes and they even had kill list so use the Radio Networks to make sure that everyone in other communities knew who the Tutsis were and to go after them. In 100 days, 800,000 people were killed, most of them to cease. What moderate hutus were trying to protect their friends, their neighbors, their loved ones? They even had rape militias. So in some instances they took people who had HIV and AIDS. They took him out of hospitals and deployed them to go rate. Sexy women women get infected, but their unborn children would then be infected upon birth. It was so vicious and it went on until July of that year, when the Ugandan Army supported the Rwandan patriotic front. They pushed out the regime and, as a result, they brought in a tribunal to Tanzania wear those who committed the worst. Crimes were held accountable, 90 people indicted and dozens of them were senior officials Within the government and the military of Rwanda, but reaping 90 people indicted. It’S not enough when you’re thinking, also almost a million people killed in 100 days, really really a very dark chapter: 70 % of the tootsie population of Rwanda was wiped dark chapters. You say still disturbing to hear those facts. So many years after, let’s talk about the Canadian connection here, because there is a significant Canadian connection, not only in the commemorations that we are seeing today, but also in the response to the genocide. Can you talk about what happened in Rwanda, most of it from at least the Western perspective? We understand because of Romeo Dallaire ahead of the peacekeeping mission in Rwanda at the time he bared witness to what was taking place and he made the rest. The world bear witness as well when we wanted to look away, we turned away, and so he still talks about it as though it just happened. You did an extensive interview with our colleagues at CBC Radio 1 on the Sunday edition, with Michael Enright. scribing. With that experience, was I going to get a warning? The details are disturbing. The most disgusting does mentioned if I can even use that is not only the killing, but it was humiliating relation children to watch them suffer and an Enzo. It wasn’t just wanting to kill them, they wanted them to suffer time in Rwanda. He has post-traumatic stress disorder. Has concerns, run how how he was able to process it. Imagine having live and survive through having your mother or your father or your children lived or something like that would be absolutely unbelievable. days of morning coming up and we will continue to watch how things unfold today.
It has been 25 years since the beginning of the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi minority that killed more than 800,000 people over 100 days. The anniversary is being marked with solemn ceremonies and will be followed by 100 days of mourning. In an interview with CBC Radio, retired Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire, who was in charge of the UN peacekeeping mission, said the goal wasn’t just death: “They wanted them to suffer.”
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