“I am several people in one person”, explains Angelique Umugwaneza when she is asked who she really is.
Angelique Umugwaneza – Author of “Les Enfants du Rwanda” and survivor of the genocide committed against Hutu refugees between 1996 and 2003 in the Democratic Republic of Congo
You’ve well read. However the person making such statement is far from suffering any apparent personality disorder. In fact her life experience would’ve predisposed her to such mental health issue considered what she went through.
Angelique Umugwaneza is one of the few Hutu survivors of the long walk through the Congolese forests [1996 to 2003] who after their suffering thought of writing a public testimony of what they experienced. As Rising Continent is dedicating this month to the role of women in society, we decided to feature her in this post. But in the context of the Rwandan recent history she is not the only one who needs being highlighted. Continue reading
Victoire Umuhoza Ingabire, imprisoned leader of FDU-Inkingi. She was sentenced to 15 years of jail last December.
The first post “On Kagame’s Rwanda” was written on February 27th, 2010. A month earlier, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, chairperson of FDU-Inkingi, a Rwandan political party from the opposition which operates from exile, had returned to Rwanda. This was on January 16th. I had been to her farewell meeting in Brussels on January 9th, 2010. Her charisma had again touched me. I was going to become one of her millions of Rwandan supporters despite her imprisonment since October 14th, 2010.
The blog was meant to be a channel to update her followers and friends with information regarding her political struggle inside Rwanda. This was one aspect that I wanted to highlight. I aimed as well for the blog to be that window through which anyone could learn what was going on in other parts of the African continent. Since the start of the new millennium, it is claimed rightly or wrongly that the 21st century is going to be the African century, meaning the period during which Africans are going to cease to be seen as the underdogs but become fully part of the global community as equal human beings as the rest. Continue reading
“Rwandans are lucky to have the dictatorial regime of Paul Kagame“, says Francois Munyabagisha, one of the radio participant panelists brought together and referred to in this post.
On Saturday February 22nd, 2014, while intervening in Kinyarwanda on Radio Itahuka, one of the many online broadcasters of the Rwandan opposition, Nadine Claire Kasinge explains that Rwandans don’t need a dictator to rule over their country. This statement was made following a panel discussion held between opponents and supporters of the Rwandan Patriotic Front regime. Continue reading
By Bosco Mutarambirwa, MBA
Due to understandable fear that his dictatorial regime is coming to an end, Paul Kagame is rapidly mortgaging the country to ensure that he’s not the only loser. He wants to force the people of Rwanda to support his ill-conceived plans, or else risk losing their lifetime savings in case the regime collapses. Continue reading
By BK Kumbi
The sadness of the woman in the picture is the same as that of millions of Congolese and it calls upon on our common humanity to do something. Picture – Courtesy of Keith Harmon Snow
Last year friends such as Ugandan Josephine Apira and Rwandan comrades of a same struggle Ambrose Nzeyimana and Rene Claudel Mugenzi agreed to support a petition we as Congolese had written regarding the situation in the Great Lakes.
Since the focus of the document is on the Democratic Republic of Congo, many Rwandans feel not concerned though through the content of what we are asking for, namely the acknowledgment of the Congolese genocide as a prerequisite to any peace agreement [for the entire region], this necessarily impacts on Rwandans. Continue reading