Violence in Rwanda
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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A number of them, but there’s one which still haunts my memory: one I saw on the television, the first reported events. Down near a canal, there was somebody just bleeding, putting hands up but still chopping the arms. That’s still really something, which has never been away from my memory. It’s still there. And as you know, you probably have seen it as well. It comes back in different documentaries on genocide in Rwanda. Then I had, for some kind of reason, experienced the same feeling when I saw the image of what was being done in Zaire, in Congo recently: kind of a repeated, televised genocide again. It’s amazing. What’s happening these days is something to which we should give some kind of second thought before we really forget what we stand for.
I should say that, thank God, the situation is under control in Rwanda today. Of course, there are fears—concerns, I should call them, because those who planned and executed the genocide are still at large. And those who have been caught have not been judged yet; and those who have been judged, they are still enjoying their lives somewhere, maybe like princes, in Arusha or other capitals of the world. Free, like a leaf. That’s a concern we have. And the main concern now, which is linked to this one, is that most of the active hands which executed the genocide are still at large and active in the Congo. That’s the main concern. It is true that we have security within the country now; it is true that people can eat and sleep and work within the country. But for how long, if that idea is still clinging around the scene? We do not know what has happened or what is going to happen to the same criminals. So, what do we do? You cannot sleep, knowing that across the border there are such kinds of criminals at large, and you cannot.