Shame and blame as Rwanda marks 20th anniversary of genocide
Un Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon suggests that two decades on, the entire world body still feels embarrassed that it didn’t stop Rwanda’s genocide.
He was speaking in a ceremony in Kigali marking the beginning of a week of national mourning for that at-least 800,000 people killed over a period of three months.
Commemorations unfolded against the setting of the diplomatic row with France, arrested by Rwandan President Paul Kagame of playing a primary part in the bloodbath.
Addressing a crowd of hundreds, Kagame said: “The individuals who designed and completed the genocide were Rwandans however the background and root causes exceed this wonderful region. For this reason Rwandans continue to find the most comprehensive description possible for what happened.”
The genocide was triggered by the shooting down of the airplane carrying Rwanda’s Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana in April 1994.
Hutu extremists switched on Tutsis who they systematically slaughtered alongside moderate Hutus.
Thousands and thousands of Rwandans fled to neighbouring countries.
Amid the strip France, Rwanda’s primary Developed backer before the genocide, didn’t send a minister for the service. Its ambassador was due to go to but his certification was withdrawn by Rwanda.
Kagame, a rebel leader whose government came to power following the genocide, had earlier accused France of supplying and training the Hutu militias who have been the primary force behind the slaughter – an accusation Paris has always refused.
In a recent interview, he seemed to move one step further and was quoted as saying that France participated in the “actual execution” of the genocide.