24th anniversary of Rwandan genocide marked

Genocide killed 1 million people after death of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana in plane crash on April 6, 1994

24th anniversary of Rwandan genocide marked

World Bulletin / News Desk

Today marks the 24th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide against the ethnic Tutsis in which a million people had lost their lives in a period of only 100 days.

"There are four reasons that could be attributed to the cause of the genocide against the Tutsi. The first is a colonial influence, the second is bad politics by the Rwandan state, the third failed political leadership in the state, and the fourth is the indifference of the international community," said Williams Nkurunziza, Rwanda’s ambassador to Turkey, in an interview with Anadolu Agency.

The genocide, in which nearly one million people were killed, took place between hardliner Hutus and minority Tutsis after the death of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira in a plane crash on April 6, 1994.

The genocide killed a million people and displaced another million, forcing two million more people to flee the country.

Nkurunziza blamed the UN for failing to stop the genocide. "Instead of providing more people to help stop the genocide they [UN] take their people out."

In a report released on Dec. 13, 2017, the Rwandan government blamed the then French officials, besides the negligence of the international community.

“The French military forces trained their Rwandan counterparts, supplied them with weapons even after an arms embargo, and gave cover, under the auspices of a United Nations-sanctioned humanitarian mission, in the last moments of a genocidal campaign," it said.

Nkurunziza underlined the colonial factors to the genocide against the Tutsis and said: "Before colonialism, Rwanda was a unitary state. We are one people, we speak one language, and we share the same culture. But with colonialism, the issue of ethnicity became a tool to control the Rwandan state. They fabricated artificial ethnic differences."

He pointed out that the techniques used to discriminate the Tutsis in an “inhuman way” were not simple discriminatory policies rather more sophisticated scientific techniques.

The ambassador said allowing those techniques to operate in the country after independence was a wrong decision.

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