Archive for February, 2009

Mysterious plane crash in Buffalo

February 14, 2009

Wow.  Alison Des Forges died yesterday in a plane crash.” Most recently, Des Forges was working on a Human Rights Watch report about killings in eastern Congo.”, as posted on the Human Rights Watch website.

The NY Times adds that “…Dr. Des Forges later leveled strong criticism of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, the Tutsi-dominated regime led by Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s president, (…) Dr. Des Forges was among critics who accused that regime of massacring thousands of Rwandan civilians in 1994, of killing civilians and refugees in the eastern Congo in 1996 and 1997 and of making repeated military interventions in the Congo”.

There is a complete media black-out on the ongoing genocide of the Hutu in eastern Congo, and Dr Des Forges was among the very few voices who could tell the world about it and hope to be heard. In short, this is great news for Paul  Kagame. If it is news at all to him, of course.