The President of IBUKA, an association of Genocide survivors, has urged Rwandans not to give up on the hunt for Genocide survivors who are living freely in various countries across the world, however long it takes.
A number of the perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, fled the country to evade justice. While a handful have been caught, most of them are still at large. Some have changed their identity and even gained citizenship in other countries.
The victims and their families are still healing from the wounds they suffered as a result of the Genocide. The thought that the people responsible for their loss and suffering are living freely makes matters worse, delaying the healing process.
It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that the suspects have their day in court. It should not be a concern for the victims or Rwandans only, but for every human being in this world. Genocide is a crime against humanity, thus the international community too has the responsibility to apprehend all perpetrators.
Suspects are always looking for loopholes - within judicial systems – to keep on the run, but this should not deter the hunt. Future leaders and generations should know that it is their responsibility to follow up on the suspects and not let the fight against impunity get off the world’s agenda.