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Kizito Mihigo and the Struggle for Truth and Reconciliation in Rwanda

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/02/21/kizito-mihigo-and-struggle-truth-and-reconciliation-rwanda

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Given that the Hutu/Tutsi conflict later spread to Rwanda’s neighbors, perhaps a good avenue to address Tutsi-on-Hutu violence without denying the very real nature of the Rwandan Genocide would be to start with the reprisals outside of rwanda’s borders. For example, during the First Congo War, Rwandan-based militias massacred tens of thousands of innocent Hutus.

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Paul Kagame was trained at Fort Leavenworth, KS and then commanded an ex-pat Army in Uganda supported by the US, whose invasion of Rwanda essentially destabilized that country terminally. It is suspected that his troops shot down the plane with President Habyarimana and the president of Burundi. The Arusha war crimes tribunal under Judge Carla del Ponte of Switzerland was not allowed by Kofi Annan, the secretary-general of the UN, to investigate the crimes of Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front, including the question of the shooting down of the plane. She quit in protest. Annan was almost certainly acting under pressure from Bill Clinton, then US president, who wanted to protect “our” man in Central Africa.

As the US ambassador to Congo-Zaire stated in a documentary, it was all about getting US commercial and geopolitical influence secured in Central Africa, and driving out the French. We backed Kagame and Uganda’s invasion of the Congo to get Mobutu out and install Kabila.

Yet, Kagame is hailed in the mainstream press as a force for progress in Africa. Go figure.

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Thanks Ann, for an enlightening vision of how totalitarian the West has become since 1994. And the “Meaning of Death,” yes of course, is that we are all human beings, facing the darkness of death together during our time in world history, sharing together its all too brief but gifted moment.
And so comes the Christian call for the universal brotherhood of all humanity, for which this saint died.

Thanks for some tremendous investigative history.
If you’re not a journalist, the rest of us are missing out.