The Rwandan genocide is one of the most terrible events in African history. This catastrophe that made between 600 000 and 1 million deaths cannot be explained the superficial way with which it has been presented, it is to say a war between two ‘tribes’ like the Africans are so pejoratively pointed out.
If Blacks had indeed the machetes in their hands to slaughter ‘Tutsis’ and ‘moderated Hutus’, it is the consequence of a colonial and neocolonial conditioning, of an incredible brain wash orchestrated by the West. And as we will see later on, the falsification of a people’s history was at the origin of this horror that shouldn’t have happened.
In the beginning there was only one people who said iy was originating from the north, the baNyarwanda. They had one and only language, the kiNyarwanda. They had one and only God, Imana. The baNyarwanda were organized in a kingdom with a very deep respect for the women, just like everywhere else in Africa, and had a sophisticated administration. They perceived themselves as one people.
The concepts of Hutu and Tutsi used to be a reference for social-professional categories. If you had less than 10 cows, you were muHutu – Hutu man – or umuHutukazi – Hutu woman. If you had more than 10 cows, you were a muTutsi – Tutsi man – or an umuTutsikazi – Tutsi woman. One could change their social status from a year to another according to the number of cows one had but the elite was definitely Tutsi. The ruling class was Tutsi and the working people was Hutu.
The German colonialists, followed by the Belgians, created a new definition of these terms that were to engender the genocide. As they wanted to divide and rule this people who was learnedly structured, they started by christianizing them in order to make them docile. As the Mwami (king) Yuhi Musinga refused to convert to Christianity, he was dismissed from his functions and deported to DR Congo by the Belgians where he died in 1944.
Europeans engaged in people’s measurement campaigns, which would freeze identities around the concepts of Hutu and Tutsi. Nose, temples, face, etc. were measured to determine who was superior and who belonged to which “races”. The baNyarwanda were thus divided into 85% baHutu, 14% baTutsi and 1% baTwa (pygmies). Generations of baNyarwandas have this way recited the 85-14-1 like robots.
Identity cards mentioning ethnicity or race were produced by the Belgians. They told the BaTutsi that they were superior, that the two “tribes” were different peoples. The Belgians said that the baTutsi had fine face features, that they were very elegant, in brief that they belonged to the race of lords. The baTutsi have then evolved within a complex of superiority and the baHutu in a complex of inferiority, all believing in the holy sacred word of the White man.
The Tutsi elites were the substitutes of the Belgians, they collaborated in the colonization, and they were the privileged of the moment. The baHutu were put in camps of forced labor under the command of baTutsi. The baTutsi were ordered to whip their Hutu brothers, if they didn’t do so, they risked to be whipped by the Belgians.
The Tutsi elites were eventually in the vanguard of the struggle for the independence of Rwanda. As the Belgians and the Catholic Church turned against their former collaborators, they chose to support the baHutu. The Hutu majority under the command of extremist leaders started to take revenge on the baTutsi about the ill-treatment they suffered from the latter. This was how the first massacre against the baTutsi took place in 1959 in a mood of ‘racial’ madness, compelling 200 000 baTutsi to refuge in the neighbor countries.
The several attempts of the baTutsi to return by force, supported by the Americans and British worsened the hate, kept alive by the Belgians who wrote the 10 commandments of the Hutu, one of the very hateful texts ever. The French also brought material support to the Hutu government against the Tutsi.
It was in this atmosphere in 1994 that the order to exterminate, well prepared, was given 15 minutes after the assassination of the Hutu president Juvenal Habyarimana, by air attack. The Hutu extremists pulled out the machetes and the apocalypse crashed down on the land of Musinga.
75% of the baTutsi were exterminated in 13 weeks. Entire families were killed by their neighbors, Tutsi women killed by their Hutu husbands, Tutsi children killed by their Hutu mothers. 600 000 to 1 million killed in 3 months, 200 000 to 300 000 killed in the neighbor country Burundi where the separation Hutu/Tutsi was also in force.
When Tutsi government took the power after the genocide in Rwanda, also took revenge on the baHutu who refuged on the East of DR Congo, committing unspeakable atrocities. This is how the baNyarwanda gone mad, who did not know anymore who they were, committed the irreparable. This is how we find ourselves within a hate that no longer finishes. 1 MILLION DEATHS FOR NOTHING! ALL THIS FOR A MATTER OF COWS!
May this catastrophe serve as a lesson for Africans! Let us no longer allow anybody else but ourselves to write our own history.
By: Lisapo ya Kama © (All rights reserved. Any copying or translation of the text of this article is strictly forbbiden without the written approval of Lisapo ya Kama)
- Intervention of Yolande Mukagasana, escaped from the genocide, author of “la mort ne veut pas de moi” (Death didn’t want me) and “n’ai pas peur de savoir” (Don’t be afraid to know). She lost her husband, her three children and her sisters during the genocide.
- University of Laval
- La férocité blanche, des non-Blancs aux non-Aryens, genocides occultés de 1492 à nos jours (The White ferocity, from the non-Whites to the non-Aryans, hidden genocides from 1492 to now-a-days), Rosa Amelia Plumelle-Uribe, page 264.
- Nations Nègres et Culture (Negro Nations and culture), Cheikh anta Diop, page 362.