Tom Ndahiro

American legislators and genocide deniers: Is ignorance a defence?

An American Congressional representative from Oregon takes it upon herself to lend weight to claims that Rwanda is an oppressive state. Most Rwandans who know next to nothing about her state, a little more than the Congresswoman does about Rwanda, are bemused by the bizarre intervention, which...

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 11:17 PM

Rwanda’s Independence and an “Unfinished Cigarette”

This July as every other year since 1994, Rwanda marked Independence Day on 1st July, and celebrated Kwibohora or Liberation Day on 4th July. The two should be virtually synonymous, and yet are almost mutually exclusive, and stand 32 years apart. One is merely marked, the other celebrated. History...

Friday, July 6, 2018, 8:04 PM

8th February, a footnote in history that could have been so much more

Every year, Rwanda marks important dates of significance in the struggle for the liberation of the nation. One date however passes unnoticed by most, perhaps because its greatest importance lies in what could have been, rather than in what did happen, important though as that was. On the 8th of...

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 12:00 AM

The redemption of the Church

On March 20, 2017, Pope Francis recognised the Catholic Church’s role in the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, and said he hoped “this humble recognition of the failings of that period, which unfortunately, disfigured the face of the Church, may contribute to a purification of...

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Archbishop Perraudin: The "Man of God" who planted seeds of hate as a Christian charity

In 1960, Pope John XXIII issued a moving statement of contrition: “The mark of Cain is stamped upon our foreheads. Across the centuries, our brother Abel has lain in blood which we drew, and shed tears we caused by forgetting thy love. Forgive us, Lord, for the curse we falsely attributed to thy...

Friday, April 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

To the young heroes of Nyange

Twenty years ago, a group of young men and women paid the ultimate price for rejecting the divisive politics that were inculcated among Rwandans for many years by the colonialists. This was to later be a major tool in the Genocide against the Tutsi. On March 18, 1997, around 8pm, at St Joseph...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

France knew of the Genocide plan as early as October 1990

Prior knowledge of a crime is usually the preserve of the perpetrators, their collaborators and co-conspirators. Who knew what and when about the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against Tutsi are questions many would have swept under the carpet. Tom Ndahiro On December 19, 1990, the ambassadors of...

Monday, March 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Habyarimana and the genocide project

Genocide doesn’t just happen, it is planned. Once there has been categorisation– Hutu, Tutsi and Twa in Rwanda – then polarisation follows. Polarisation is the process of separating something so far apart that it cannot be repaired or reunited.  In the years leading up to...

Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

Genocide as ‘civil defence’: Arming ordinary citizens to kill innocent Tutsi

A genocide does not just happen. It requires systematic planning. It requires action geared towards extermination. In April 1994, what happened was the culmination of years of indoctrinating minds with discriminatory ideology, of denigrating the Tutsi, and encouraging a culture of impunity, when it...

Monday, January 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

Preserving Memory to Honour Victims and to Deter Genocide Deniers

There is a saying that only love beats milk. In our language, Kinyarwanda, the month of April is called Mata. Amata is milk. In April, 1994, Rwanda was soaked in the blood of the Tutsi. The memories and lessons from the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda live with us. Despite the fact that these...

Thursday, May 19, 2011, 12:00 AM

Al Qaeda boss dead, as Rwandan terrorists and genocidaires enjoy impunity

Osama bin Laden is dead. The Americans who killed him are celebrating. President Barack Obama proclaimed “Justice is done”.  Indeed, Al Qaeda without its spiritual leader and founder is a victory to war against international terrorism. Many terrorists and genocidaires in the African Great...

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 12:00 AM

Rusesabagina and the power of lies

Sometimes songs of praise go to false characters. Because of the movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’, Paul Rusesabagina was made a Hollywood star and a conqueror of hearts. He has won several awards as an unequalled ‘Humanitarian’ as he describes himself. On Top of Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award and...

Sunday, February 27, 2011, 12:00 AM

Rusesabagina, the conscientious liar

Exactly two years ago, February 25, 2009 Paul Rusesabagina was a guest of Lehigh University in the United States. In his lecture, as usual, Rusesabagina affirmed his faith in the power of words, he considers to be weapons in the arsenal of human beings, and that he fights with words than guns....

Friday, February 25, 2011, 12:00 AM

Rusesabagina, the liar

Exactly two years ago, February 25, 2009 Paul Rusesabagina was a guest of Lehigh University in the United States. In his lecture, as usual, Rusesabagina affirmed his faith in the power of words, he considers to be weapons in the arsenal of human beings, and that he fights with words than guns....

Friday, February 25, 2011, 12:00 AM

Merelles: The Indictable Spanish Judge

IN modern democracies, the judiciary is seen as indispensable to rule of law and protection of rights. The Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct, for example, draw attention to “the importance of a competent, independent and impartial judiciary to the protection of human rights.” The Principles...

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 12:00 AM

Part II: Genocide denial in minds and hearts

Glorification of hate and genocide In RDR’s Press Release NO. 8/2001 of May15, 2001 with a title: “RDR CONDEMNS THE EXPLOITATION OF THE 1994 RWANDAN GENOCIDE FOR POLITICAL ENDS” the RDR “denounces and condemns” what they term “the political exploitation of the 1994 Rwandan genocide” by...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 12:00 AM

Genocide denial in minds and hearts

On April 8, 2004 as part of the 10th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsis, the President of the International Crisis Group (ICG) Gareth Evans and Stephen Ellis, ICG’s Africa Program Director published an article with a title:  ‘The Rwandan Genocide: Memory Is Not Enough’ The...

Monday, September 13, 2010, 12:00 AM

Academics, Lawyers and Journalists joined as one in Genocide Denial

What does it mean to deny past atrocities like genocide? How does it affect the future of a country like Rwanda where it was carried out? How does it affect the memories of surviving victims and families of those who have been permanently silenced by perpetrators? Isn’t there a negative message to...

Monday, September 6, 2010, 12:00 AM

PART 4 : Will the Vatican ever accept that genocide is also a crime?

On March 1, 1998, Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews issued a statement “We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah”. The commission headed by Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy appealed to Catholics to renew “the awareness of the Hebrew roots of their faith. ...that Jesus was a...

Sunday, May 30, 2010, 12:00 AM

Part IV: Will the Vatican ever accept

In Rome in 2004, Archbishop Raymond Burke led a campaign to oppose communion for politicians who support abortion rights. He told American Catholics they should not present themselves for Communion if they had voted for pro-choice candidates. In that same year, the influential prelates Cardinal...

Friday, May 28, 2010, 12:00 AM