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Rwandan genocide

The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from 7 April to mid-July 1994, The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.

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(CONTINUATION) In 100 days, a nation was brought to its knees But the international community turned a blind eye with ease All the people wanted was an end to the aggression But what they got instead was a continuation of oppression And by the time the United States said “We’ve got a confession…” Rwanda was rebuilding without foreign intervention The blood-drenched land of a thousand hills is forever stained, Their history will never wash away no matter how hard it rains But the humans of this earth must keep this etched in their brains, That Rwanda will never forget, because it lives with its pains.

Contributed by Tony Hart

This is a poem I wrote while in Rwanda after visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. 1994 Machetes hacked away at innocent children, who had no say, Interhamwe defiled mothers because they were told to obey, An idea dug its nails into a country slipping away All the while my nation watched: the good ole U.S.A If it were up to me, 1 million would not have died, If it were up to me, 10 million would not have cried, If it were up to me, well that’s not reality But if it were, mothers and their children would be standing side by side Holding up their country’s flag with smiling faces full of pride Rejoicing to the lord “Thank you for all that you have supplied!” And Rwanda would not have faced the 1994 Genocide…

Contributed by Tony Hart

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