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23 Apr 2014

[AfricaWatch] [Video] Dying in the Great Lakes Madrid (Lingala-Spanish), 10th of May 2014

 

 
Dying in the Great Lakes Madrid (Lingala-Spanish), 10th of May 2014
Published on Apr 9, 2014
          
A testimony of death in DR Congo. A 14 years old boy tells us about what he saw on the 5th of November 2008 in Kiwanja in Congo.
Many thanks to Sly-Blood Coltan for having accepeted to put his voice on this.
Music: courtesy from Creative Communs-The.OO-Ray (Diplodocus)
 
 

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[AfricaWatch] Rwanda 2014: 24 years after the Ugandan invasion

 


Rwanda 2014: 24 years after the Ugandan invasion

April 17, 2014

by Ann Garrison

KPFA Evening News, broadcast April 13, 2014

Claude Gatebuke speaks at Vanderbilt Univ. 1011

Claude Gatebuke survived the mass killing in Rwanda and founded the African Great Lakes Action Network (AGLAN) to promote truth and reconciliation in Rwanda and the rest of the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

Twenty-four years after the Ugandan invasion of Rwanda in October 1990, both the history of the four-year war that followed and realities of life on the ground in Rwanda today are fiercely disputed. Claude Gatebuke survived the violence and founded the African Great Lakes Action Network (AGLAN) to promote truth and reconciliation in Rwanda and the rest of the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

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KPFA Evening News Anchor Anthony Fest: The United Nations commemorated the mass killing that came to be known as the Rwandan Genocide on Monday, April 7, which is also the official commemoration day in Kigali, Rwanda. There are many points of disagreement between the official narrative and that told by dissidents, including Ed Herman, Robin Philpot and International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda defense attorneys Peter Erlinder and Christopher Black.

There is also great disagreement about life in Rwanda today, 24 years after Ugandan troops invaded and 20 years after the infamous 100 days of 1994. KPFA's Ann Garrison has more on Rwanda today.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: Former President Bill Clinton, speaking to the BBC last year, said that he was willing to tolerate suppression of democratic and civil rights in Rwanda and human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo because Rwanda has come so far and no situation is perfect.

Paul Kagame trained at Army Command College Ft. Leavenworth 1990

Paul Kagame took training at the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth before leading the Uganda invasion of Rwanda in October 1990.

Others say that Rwanda's much lauded development has concentrated wealth in the hands of a tiny urban elite while the rural majority continue to suffer in poverty and that President Gen. Kagame's wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have cost far more lives than were lost in Rwanda's tragedy. They include Professors and Africa scholars Emmanuel Hakizimana and Brian Endless, imprisoned 2010 presidential candidates Victoire Ingabire and Bernard Ntaganda, and Rwandan Genocide survivor Claude Gatebuke. Here's Claude Gatebuke:

Claude Gatebuke: The major concern is the lack of respect for human life and human rights, fundamental rights. People continue to be pursued inside and outside of the country for simply disagreeing with the government.

A number of individuals have been assassinated, including on New Year's of this year … a dissident colonel was killed in South Africa. And so being in Rwanda is almost like being in a prison because they have total control of you and can control your opinion, and if you dare express anything that is dissenting of the government, you can be killed, you get disappeared or you go to jail.

Being in Rwanda is almost like being in a prison because they have total control of you and can control your opinion, and if you dare express anything that is dissenting of the government, you can be killed, you get disappeared or you go to jail.

KPFA: Gatebuke also spoke to the existing Rwandan government's crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Claude Gatebuke: The other concerns are the invasions of the Congo. The Congo has lost almost 10 times as many people as we lost in Rwanda. Over 6 million people have been killed, mostly by troops from Rwanda.

Reports like the U.N. Mapping Report that came out in October 2010 and the recent reports showing the involvement of the Rwandan government not only in the killings and raping and recruiting of child soldiers, but also the looting and taking of resources – illegal taking of resources – from Congo.

KPFA/Ann: In Berkeley, for Pacifica, KPFA and AfrobeatRadio, I'm Ann Garrison.

Oakland writer Ann Garrison writes for the San Francisco Bay View,CounterpunchGlobal ResearchColored OpinionsBlack Star News and her own website, Ann Garrison, and produces forAfrobeatRadio on WBAI-NYC, KPFA Evening News and her own YouTube Channel, AnnieGetYourGang. She can be reached atann@afrobeatradio.com. This story first appeared on her website. If you want to see Ann Garrison's independent reporting continue, please contribute on her website at anngarrison.com.

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SUMMARY : THE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE BRITISH BUDGET SUPPORT AND GEO-STRATEGIC AMBITIONS

United Kingdom's Proxy Wars in Africa: The Case of Rwanda and DR Congo:

The Rwandan genocide and 6,000,000 Congolese and Hutu refugees killed are the culminating point of a long UK’s battle to expand their influence to the African Great Lakes Region. UK supported Kagame’s guerrilla war by providing military support and money. The UK refused to intervene in Rwanda during the genocide to allow Kagame to take power by military means that triggered the genocide. Kagame’s fighters and their families were on the Ugandan payroll paid by UK budget support.


· 4 Heads of State assassinated in the francophone African Great Lakes Region.
· 2,000,000 people died in Hutu and Tutsi genocides in Rwanda, Burundi and RD.Congo.
· 600,000 Hutu refugees killed in R.D.Congo, Uganda, Central African Republic and Rep of Congo.
· 6,000,000 Congolese dead.
· 8,000,000 internal displaced people in Rwanda, Burundi and DR. Congo.
· 500,000 permanent Rwandan and Burundian Hutu refugees, and Congolese refugees around the world.
· English language expansion to Rwanda to replace the French language.
· 20,000 Kagame’s fighters paid salaries from the British Budget Support from 1986 to present.
· £500,000 of British taxpayer’s money paid, so far, to Kagame and his cronies through the budget support, SWAPs, Tutsi-dominated parliament, consultancy, British and Tutsi-owned NGOs.
· Kagame has paid back the British aid received to invade Rwanda and to strengthen his political power by joining the East African Community together with Burundi, joining the Commonwealth, imposing the English Language to Rwandans to replace the French language; helping the British to establish businesses and to access to jobs in Rwanda, and to exploit minerals in D.R.Congo.



Thousands of Hutu murdered by Kagame inside Rwanda, e.g. Kibeho massacres

Thousands of Hutu murdered by Kagame inside Rwanda, e.g. Kibeho massacres
Kagame killed 200,000 Hutus from all regions of the country, the elderly and children who were left by their relatives, the disabled were burned alive. Other thousands of people were killed in several camps of displaced persons including Kibeho camp. All these war crimes remain unpunished.The British news reporters were accompanying Kagame’s fighters on day-by-day basis and witnessed these massacres, but they never reported on this.

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25,000 Hutu bodies floated down River Akagera into Lake Victoria in Uganda.

25,000  Hutu bodies  floated down River Akagera into Lake Victoria in Uganda.
The British irrational, extremist, partisan,biased, one-sided media and politicians have disregarded Kagame war crimes e.g. the Kibeho camp massacres, massacres of innocents Hutu refugees in DR. Congo. The British media have been supporting Kagame since he invaded Rwanda by organising the propaganda against the French over the Rwandan genocide, suppressing the truth about the genocide and promoting the impunity of Kagame and his cronies in the African Great Lakes Region. For the British, Rwanda does not need democracy, Rwanda is the African Israel; and Kagame and his guerilla fighters are heroes.The extremist British news reporters including Fergal Keane, Chris Simpson, Chris McGreal, Mark Doyle, etc. continue to hate the Hutus communities and to polarise the Rwandan society.

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Kagame political ambitions triggered the genocide.

Kagame  political  ambitions triggered the genocide.
Kagame’s guerrilla war was aimed at accessing to power at any cost. He rejected all attempts and advice that could stop his military adventures including the cease-fire, political negotiations and cohabitation, and UN peacekeeping interventions. He ignored all warnings that could have helped him to manage the war without tragic consequences. Either you supported Kagame’ s wars and you are now his friend, or you were against his wars and you are his enemy. Therefore, Kagame as the Rwandan strong man now, you have to apologise to him for having been against his war and condemned his war crimes, or accept to be labelled as having been involved in the genocide. All key Kagame’s fighters who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity are the ones who hold key positions in Rwandan army and government for the last 15 years. They continue to be supported and advised by the British including Tony Blair, Andrew Mitchell MP, and the British army senior officials.

Aid that kills: The British Budget Support financed Museveni and Kagame’s wars in Rwanda and DRC.

Aid that kills: The British Budget Support  financed Museveni and Kagame’s wars in Rwanda and DRC.
Genocide propaganda and fabrications are used by the so-called British scholars, news reporters and investigative journalists to promote their CVs and to get income out of the genocide through the selling of their books, providing testimonies against the French, access to consultancy contracts from the UN and Kagame, and participation in conferences and lectures in Rwanda, UK and internationally about genocide. Genocide propaganda has become a lucrative business for Kagame and the British. Anyone who condemned or did not support Kagame’s war is now in jail in Rwanda under the gacaca courts system suuported by British tax payer's money, or his/she is on arrest warrant if he/she managed to flee the Kagame’s regime. Others have fled the country and are still fleeing now. Many others Rwandans are being persecuted in their own country. Kagame is waiting indefinitely for the apologies from other players who warn him or who wanted to help to ensure that political negotiations take place between Kagame and the former government he was fighting against. Britain continues to supply foreign aid to Kagame and his cronies with media reports highlighting economic successes of Rwanda. Such reports are flawed and are aimed at misleading the British public to justify the use of British taxpayers’ money. Kagame and his cronies continue to milk British taxpayers’ money under the British budget support. This started from 1986 through the British budget support to Uganda until now.

Dictator Kagame: No remorse for his unwise actions and ambitions that led to the Rwandan genocide.

Dictator Kagame: No remorse for his unwise actions and ambitions that led to the  Rwandan genocide.
No apologies yet to the Rwandan people. The assassination of President Juvenal Habyarimana by Kagame was the only gateway for Kagame to access power in Rwanda. The British media, politicians, and the so-called British scholars took the role of obstructing the search for the truth and justice; and of denying this assassination on behalf of General Kagame. General Paul Kagame has been obliging the whole world to apologise for his mistakes and war crimes. The UK’s way to apologise has been pumping massive aid into Rwanda's crony government and parliement; and supporting Kagame though media campaigns.

Fanatical, partisan, suspicious, childish and fawning relations between UK and Kagame

Fanatical, partisan, suspicious, childish and fawning relations between UK and Kagame
Kagame receives the British massive aid through the budget support, British excessive consultancy, sector wide programmes, the Tutsi-dominated parliament, British and Tutsi-owned NGOs; for political, economic and English language expansion to Rwanda. The British aid to Rwanda is not for all Rwandans. It is for Kagame himself and his Tutsi cronies.

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