Archive for November, 2011

Refugees home delivery service for Kagame.

November 29, 2011

When I fled Rwanda in 1994, I and a few millions fellow countrymen tried our best to put as many miles as we could between us and that serial killer/ war lord/ now head of state Paul Kagame. That guy really wanted us dead. He sent troops to bomb and burn to the ground the refugee camps we had built in the former Zaire and those RPA grunts really outdid themselves in their efforts to exterminate us. Some of us survivors walked across the entire Zaïre (now DRC) and reached the Congo Brazzaville. Some of us spent years in the thick Zairean jungles, surviving like wild animals. Those of us who didn’t get hacked to death or weren’t shot by Kagame’s men were eaten by wild animals or drowned in rivers or just starved to death or died from eating toxic plants…books have been written about this but if you ask me, not even half of the nightmare has been told yet.

The scary thing is that the nightmare isn’t over yet, over 15 years later. Lately Kagame’s lobbyists have been working round the clock to get the UN High Commissary for Refugees to declare that no Rwandan should be granted refugee status any more, nowhere in the world, since “the situation in Rwanda has improved” and “it is now safe for any Rwandan to return home”.

Before invading Zaire, Kagame has famously confided to a reporter that his deepest regret was “having let these people get away”, meaning us refugees. His RPA soldiers murdered thousands of civilians who had recently returned from Zaire and had moved into a temporary camp in KIBEHO, with UN troops looking on.

I guess this successful broad-daylight killing of unarmed civilians exercise emboldened him to go on a Hutu hunt in Zaire in 1996 under the watchful and passive eye of many NGO’s, some of which actually lend a helping hand to the killers, sending planes to monitor refugee movement in the Zaire bushes, ostensibly for the purpose of channeling food and medication to them. As soon as such a plane had flown over a refugee column, RPA troops would invariably appear out of nowhere and start killing everybody.

They killed Hutus until they got tired. Then they rested and resumed killing.

It wasn’t until 2010 that the UN “discovered” that the RPA men had committed “acts that could possibly qualify as genocide” during their invasion of Zaire.

Why am I even writing this? The killing of Hutu civilians which started in October 1990 hasn’t stopped even for a month. No Hutu has been safe again since the day the racist Tutsi-led RPF troops entered Rwanda by force.
People started “disappearing” and are still disappearing today, to use US Ambassador Susan Rice’s own words. Still, no condemnation, no sanctions or threats of sanctions, no reaction whatsoever from the UN or any western country to condemn this regime.

Kagame won’t rest until he has “emptied the sea with a spoon” as he once put it. He believes in killing people in a organized way, like gathering the entire population of a chosen area under the pretense of distributing food to them, then killing them all, men, wives and children. He believes in exterminating entire families because that leaves few people willing to risk their lives asking questions about the victims. He knows he is virtually untouchable as long as he keeps doing the west’s dirtiest work, that is, helping keeping Africans’ numbers down and turning his motherland into a slave for western companies and governments.

Now if Kagame gets his way, next week he may get the survivors of his Hutu extermination campaigns delivered to him, to his very doorstep. Yes, forcible repatriation is what he’s been lobbying the UN for, and it looks like this idea doesn’t shock anyone at the UN. They will be just watching, passively, probably getting the popcorn ready and sitting back to enjoy the show. Because it will be on TV, like Zaire was in 1996, like Saddam’s hanging or Kadhafi’s lynching.