20th Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide

Tutsi Man who Survived the Rwandan Genocide Displays His Facial Scars

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, which lasted 100 days (April – July 1994). The man in the photo above (taken by James Nachtwey) is one of the lucky survivors of the Rwandan Genocide, making it through with some major lacerations to his face. I have not found any info about the man and the photographer did not take any info about him either. Now for some info on what went down 20 years ago…

Rwanda had a population seven million in 1994 and it was made up of three ethnic groups: Hutu (approx. 85%), Tutsi (approx. 14%), and Twa (around 1%). During the early 90’s the country had increasing social, economic, and political pressures. In the Early 90’s the Hutu were in control of the government (made up of many extremists) and blamed the Tutsi minority for the increase in tensions. The Hutu also accused all Tutsi civilians of being supporters for the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) which was, unfortunately for the civilians, a group dominated by Tutsi rebels. With the government spouting propaganda about the Tutsi and reminding the Hutu people of the Tutsi’s former oppressive rule, it was only a matter of time before the powder keg was set off.

Shit hit the fan on April 6th 1994 when a plane carrying the Rwandan president, Juvénal Habyarimana, was shot down. A civil war broke out almost immediately, the Hutu extremists in power used the cover of war to launch their plans to wipe out the entire Tutsi population, those suspected to be Tutsi, and anyone who opposed this plan. Women would be brutally raped before being killed.

The weeks after the president’s plane was shot down, an estimated 800,000 men, women, and children were killed (almost three quarters of the Tutsi population). The civil war and genocide was only stopped after the Tutsi-dominated rebel group (RPF) took down the Hutu regime and took control. After taking control, more than two million people, mainly Hutus, fled the country in fear of being targeted for supporting the genocide.

All this violence could have been stopped much earlier on if policy makers in major countries had taken the steps to prevent the slaughter. And those in charge knew from the start that the Tutsi were being targeted for extermination, but the leaders acted as though nothing was happening. Eventually, after some small protests, the leaders decided to voice their disapproval to the genocidal Hutu regime, but it only changed the way they exterminated the Tutsi. It wasn’t until after the genocide ended that major humanitarian relief efforts were made to try and make up for ignoring the atrocities that occurred. Recently, survivors are being offered free cosmetic surgery to repair the damage done to their bodies.

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52 thoughts on “20th Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide”

  1. So people cry ” let them handle their own problems!” and ” stop being world police!”all the fucking time these days but blamed when no action is taken, as is the case here? A tad hypocritical no? Hind sight is always 20/20 though. Good read though.

    1. Exacly!!!! If and when tragedy strikes our land I highly doubt THEY will help us financially or any other way for that matter. But then again the u.N.(W.O) and the united states of Babylon like to “help” just so they can encrust
      themsel. In that country’s

      1. Kind of trailed off there.

        In all seriousness though, how could they help anything if they can’t help themselves? Time and time again, they prove they would have gone extinct long ago if other countries weren’t providing them with aid.

    2. It was because it was a genocide, and they all said ‘never again’ after ww2. So all they did was refuse to call it genocide so they had no obligation to intervene.
      I watched the documentary Ghosts of Rwanda recently and what happened is fucked up. You really feel for general Dallaire and the other aid workers who stayed to help, and had to just watch it happen without being able to stop it.

      1. Sorry what I meant to say was: The reason this situation is different and they had more of a duty to step is because it was a genocide and not just a civil war. The UN broke their own convention by not intervening. It likely wouldn’t have been difficult to intervene either..

      1. @Kill Easily manipulated for sure. Remember when they showed Roots and Amistad? Niggers lost they’re fucking minds. Don’t take anything to set them off. A fucking Jew Zogwood picture shows and they burn their own neighborhoods down. Then they bitch about having to drive 27 blocks to by a 40oz and bitch because nobody in their right minds is willing to invest in their neighborhood. I wish people like us didn’t have to break our backs all week providing them food stamps that they barter away for drugs.

        1. Amen @rayf. Well said brother. Our minds are so full of illusion. If only they knew how well they have it now. They need to be looking at articles like this, and feel grateful that they actually have the opportunity to invest time and effort into a country that will respect their efforts. Nothing but spoiled fucking brats.

    1. True “It’s what happened in Rawanda is truly discraceful, same as Sierra Leon, Cambodia, some things still freak me out, the level of cruelty and torture that was acted out against innocents is truly and deeply upsetting even years later.

    1. Hahaha obli! The simplest shit is often most funny. One year coming up mid June for me. I don’t comment as much now but usually browse every day or two. Glad to still see you and senor, and proto as well as others who I liked to read when I first joined

  2. An absolute outcry , no outside forces were sent there to sort the mess out .
    Give me a break , there was no oil or gas to be had obviously , otherwise the usual suspects would have been in there faster than shit runs through a goose .

  3. Tribe. A social division within traditional society. They are everywhere and some are manufactured with a purppose. To keep people fighting with each other and keeping you from loooking at what is really going on, football is a case in point. people treat it like a family and will even fight over it even though it has no bearing on their real lives. look at the money they earn for what they do? If you like sport, go and play it, dont pay some twat to run around while you watch!

    1. I take your point to an extent . Maybe it gets that serious when religion is involved , ie , Rangers ( Protestant ) Celtic ( Catholic ) . Other than that , I’d put football down to guys with too much testosterone flying around their bodies who get to release it on a weekend . And it was never manufactured violence @bobcat come on ! .

      As for the money , well , it’s ridiculous and absurd and the sport , as a spectator sport , has been slowly but surely taken away from the working class and it’s roots . It’s prawn sandwiches and pims nowadays , or getting that way .

  4. Apparently the UN forces stationed in Rwanda were there “to keep the peace” but not create it. So basically their presence there was completely and utterly pointless, is what I got from that. Still probably would have been much worse if it had turned into a police state, though.

  5. I myself have trust issues I’m afraid of people all the time people tell me I need to relax and enjoy the company of people I can say that after signing up I feel relief well I’m not crazy people who are evil, no religion and they all eat each other I pray for the souls of all the people who died this disaster and hope that people will stop hating each other and we can all work together to improve and keep our world clean and safe

  6. One major thing is missing from the description here. The reason for tensions root cause is the Dutch colonizers who pitted each group against each other, and chose people to lead the government based on skin color. Lighter skin colored Africans were favored, while darker skinned were subjugated. The Dutch are the ones who had the responsibility of stopping the slaughter before it began. As colonizers, they were very cruel to the indigenous population, they created the foundation for the unrest, and stole what they wanted from the people and land. Then pulled out as if they had never been there and had no responsibility. Almost the same as what happened with South Africa. Many pleaded with the Dutch to help diffuse this situation, but as we can see they flat out refused and the result was carnage.

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