This week marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide, which killed nearly one-in-seven people in the small African nation. Today, there is continuing debate about the role of the news media in the calamity – from the role local broadcasters and newspapers played in fuelling ethnic hatred, to concerns that the shallowness of international coverage in the early days contributed to the lethargic international response.
As the United Nations Group of Experts implicated Rwanda and later on Uganda, the world especially the Western world reacted with tough actions suspending aid to the tiny Central African nation, which many agrees has recovered so quickly from the 1994 genocide.
By Richard Mgamba, The Guardian on Sunday, Tanzania
It was seven days before Christmas eve, the period in which Christians all over the world are busy with shopping and planning for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but to me it was a scary and memorable day — the day I chatted and lunched with M23 rebels’ top commander, General Sultan Emanuel Makenga, a 39-year-old soldier, who has fought three different wars in three different countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, but still willing to fight till his last blood. Continue reading Lunch with M23 rebels: 180 minutes inside Congo’s war zone
Uganda and Rwanda continue to meddle in the Democratic Republic of Congo civil war despite aid sanctions and appeals from the International community, a new United Nations investigation has revealed.