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Working For A Congo At Peace With Itself

by Vava Tampa

Nyamata Genocide Memorial, Rwanda (wikimediacommons)

Nyamata Genocide Memorial, Rwanda (wikimediacommons)

… This year, as Kwibuka, the official twentieth remembrance of the Tutsi genocide – a generic term that seems morally inappropriate given the scale and extent of what had been lost and destroyed – got on the way, I resulted to leafing through Shake Hands with the Devil, the firsthand account of the genocide by the head of the UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda during the genocide, to reflect and renew my commitments to the bereaved. It’s a harrowing narrative of pain and anguish; and it’s important that we don’t forget the scope of moral barriers that were breached – and not all were breached by the Hutu extremist. Many at the UN Security Council, and a handful other outside of it, also did.

Vava Tampa, a native of Congo, is the founder of Save the Congo, a not–for–profit campaign based in London.

For more on this story, visit: Working For A Congo At Peace With Itself.


On April 7, 2014 Rwanda will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the start of the genocidal slaughter during which more than 800,000 people died over 100 days in 1994. Investigations have shown the country’s leaders from the majority Hutu ethnic group planned and used militias to execute those from the Tutsi ethnic group.

For more on this story, visit: In memoriam: 20 years since the Rwandan genocide.

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