The Rwandan genocide, one of the most devastating massacres in recent decades, is estimated to have killed 800,000 people. President Paul Kagame lit a flame of remembrance at the memorial that will burn for 100 days, marking the length of the time during which the tragedy’s victims - mainly Tutsis and moderate Hutus - lost their lives.
Thousands of Rwandans gathered in the national stadium later to remember lost loved ones and to hear Kagame address the country. The president offered not only words of remembrance, but also words of caution.
“We will always remember them so that even those who did not experience it may learn the history of the genocide and its causes, and know lessons that will make it impossible to repeat it.”
Kagame went on to admonish countries that harbor fugitives suspected of planning and participating in the genocide.
“There is little effort to apprehend them and when this happens it is a token meant to blind us and give us the impression that they are doing justice.”
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As the vanquished Hutus fled into Tanzania, they had to leave at the border the weapons with which they had committed the genocide, Rwanda, 1994.
[Credit : James Nachtwey]
Rwanda, 1994. Survivor of Hutu death camp.
[Credit : James Nachtwey]
National Day of Mourning / Happy Thanksgiving
The Rwandan Genocide of 1994 was a truly traumatic and horrifying event. It was one of the most brutal acts of murder ever committed.
- Over the course of 100 days from April 6 to July 16 1994, an estimated 800,000 to 1 million Tutsis and some moderate Hutus were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide. A recent report has estimated the number to be close to 2 million.
- During this period of terrible slaughter, more than 6 men, women and children were murdered every minute of every hour of every day. This brutally efficient killing was maintained for more than 3 months.
- There are between 300,000 to 400,000 survivors of the genocide
- Between 250,000 and 500,000 women were raped during the 100 days of genocide. Up to 20,000 children were born to women as a result of rape.
- More than 67% of women who were raped in 1994 during the genocide were infected with HIV and AIDS. In many cases, this resulted from a systematic and planned use of rape by HIV+ men as a weapon of genocide.
- There are 10 times as many widows than widowers – almost 50,000 widows of the genocide.
- Nearly 100,000 survivors are aged between 14 and 21, of which 60,000 are categorised as very vulnerable.
- 75,000 of survivors were orphaned as a result of the genocide.
- Of those that survived the genocide over half the children stopped their schooling, because of poverty.
- 40,000 survivors are still without shelter, many whose homes were destroyed in the genocide.
- 7 in 10 survivors earn a monthly income of less than 5000 Rwandan Francs (Equivalent to 8 (eight) American Dollars)
Celebrate the genocide of Native Americans with the slaughter of animals!
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An estimated 20,000 children were born of rapes that occurred during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Fifteen years later, the mothers of these children still face enormous challenges, not least of which is the stigma of bearing and raising a child fathered by a Hutu militiaman. Over the past three years, photographer Jonathan Torgovnik has made repeated visits to Rwanda to document the stories of these women. The portraits and testimonies featured in Intended Consequences offer intensely personal and honest accounts of these survivors’ experiences of the genocide, as well as their conflicted feelings about raising a child who is a palpable reminder of horrors endured.
The Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust, is one of the first modern genocides. It occurred during and just after WWI and involved the systematic massacre and deportation of the Armenian population by the Ottoman Empire. The Republic of Turkey, which was the successor state after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, has repeatedly denied the occurrence of this genocide, but to date twenty countries recognize the events of the period as genocide.