For decades, evidence that implicates Rwanda’s leader in crimes at home and abroad, has mounted. Yet a recent account in the New York Times Magazine portrays Paul Kagame in a favourable light, and in contrast, draws a skewed portrait of a man whose heroic acts during the genocide inspired a global audience. The coverage is reminiscent of early myths that whitewashed Kagame’s atrocities and set Africa’s Great Lakes region on a dangerous path.

In the March 2, 2021 issue of the New York Times Magazine, journalist Joshua Hammer chronicles the astonishing rise and fall of Paul Rusesabagina, a man once…

Mu ibanga rikomeye, abacukumbuzi b’umuryango w’abibumbye bamaze imyaka myinshi begeranya ibimenyetso byerekana uruhare rwa perezida Kagame Pawulo n’ibyegera bye by’abanyarwanda mu bwicanyi bwibasiye imbaga y’abantu mbere ya jenoside yo mu w’1994, hagati muri jenoside, na nyuma yayo. Ibyo bimenyetso simusiga byatanzwe n’abasirikare b’abatutsi bitandukanyije n’ubutegetsi buriho, hanyuma biyemeza guhara amagara yabo bashyira hanze amabanga bari bazi. Ubwo buhamya bwabo, banaburahiriye imbere y’urukiko rw’umuryango w’abibumbye, bwavuguruzaga inkuru kimomo y’ukuntu igihugu cyituye mu icuraburindi ry’urugomo n’ubwicanyi, inkuru yagaragazaga Kagame na Efuperi ye nk’abacunguzi b’igihugu. N’ubwo habayeho ubwo buhamya, urukiko rw’ibyaha by’intambara rw’umuryango w’abibumbye -ku busabe bwa leta zunze ubumwe za Amerika- ntirwigeze…

James Munyandinda, former High Command soldier who says Paul Kagame and commanders James Kabarebe and Charles Kayonga organized killings of Tutsis in Bisesero

“We could see the machete wounds to the head, and on their arms and bodies. They were just emerging from the horror.” — French Vice-Admiral Marin Gillier, upon finding hundreds of wounded Tutsi in the hills of Bisesero in late June, 1994.

Former soldiers who served in Paul Kagame’s army and a Tutsi survivor saved by French soldiers under Operation Turquoise reveal a shocking story that changes our understanding of the Rwandan genocide.

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Belinda Kasongo

A group of armed men attacked an Ebola response facility at Biakato in northern Democratic Republic of Congo overnight, killing two responders and wounding five others, local sources said.

The dead included a woman named Belinda Kasongo, who administered vaccines at the clinic, and a driver, who was not identified.

Several other Ebola responders were reported to have disappeared during the attack in Biakato, in the DRC’s Ituri province, said the sources.

The centre is managed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the DRC’s ministry of health. …

Emile Gafirita

“An appropriate investigation of the plane attack that killed Rwanda President Juvenal Habyarimana — the act that sparked the Rwandan genocide — would have unraveled a whole urban myth about how the genocide occurred, why it occurred and who was responsible.”[1]

The quote sounds as if it would have come from a defense lawyer at the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), but it did not. It was from a senior lawyer who worked at the ICTR’s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) who went on to have a successful career in international law. He summarized the chargesheet against presumed…

The African court has declared that Rwanda has violated the rights of Victoire Ingabire, an opposition leader who tried to challenge President Paul Kagame in elections in 2010 but was convicted of threatening state security and given a 15-year prison sentence.

In an important yet largely symbolic decision, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights urged Rwanda to take appropriate measures in light of its ruling, saying her trial and conviction were unfair. …

Judi Rever

journalist

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