A Critical Look at the "Genocide in Rwanda" Story
"All Things Considered"
National Public Radio
Dear "All Things Considered"
I am one of your regular listeners. I have noticed that every second
so you produce a report on Rwanda and/or Burundi in Central Africa. The
recent was last week. In every program you refer to the "Hutu rebels"
phrases like "after the genocide."
The fact remains that the Tutsis, the supposed victims of the genocide
only 9% of the population of Rwanda before the conflict, are in power
Rwanda. They have a well-armed army, supplied by Israel and the U.S.
Uganda, and became so strong that they intervened in the conflict in
as well as in Congo.
By contrast, the Hutus, 91% of the population, have been
Hundreds of thousands of the Hutus are still refugees. Thousands of
jammed into Rwanda's prisons on accusations of "genocide." In the
the destruction of the Hutu power structure in Burundi is also
The facts on the ground do not support the "genocide" story. The
Rwanda started after the elected Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi (both
Hutus) were killed when their plane was shot down on April 6, 1994 by
rebels. The date of the tribal fighting is agreed upon by all witnesses
April 7, 1994. Western reporters did not enter Rwanda till the end of
1994, but these media had already reported "100,000 killed" by then
evidence on the ground. In May 1994 the figure was arbitrarily raised
200,000 killed and thereafter to several times that.
I have looked at journalists "on the ground" reports and all they
are a few hundred bodies discovered and rumors of "thousands" more
WHAT THEN IS THE REAL STORY?
Rwanda and Burundi were once one country. From 1899 to 1916 they were
by Germany. From 1916 to 1962, the rulers were Belgians. These European
rulers systematically used the policy of divide-and-rule and left a
intense bitterness. The sources of the bitterness can be understood if
realizes that the small minority of Tutsis (9%) ruled the great
the help of the Belgians. The majority Hutus (91%) were kept in a
The story of Rwanda and Brundi is the story of rising political
the Hutus and the attempts of the Tutsis to suppress them.
This classical case of divide-and-rule (comparable to the ANC-Inkatha
conflict in South Africa) was compounded by the work of European
who converted the Tutsis to extreme Christian fundamentalism.
Israel, whose agencies are active all over Africa now, is the more
factor in the ongoing tragedy of the Hutu people. (Israel can best be
described as a European settler state planted in the Islamic heartland
through the justifications of religious fundamentalism and extremism.).
With a fundamentalist group, heavily armed, in power in Rwanda, it
gall on your part to keep on claiming that the people in power are the
victims and the vast majority, made homeless in their own home, are a
of killers and murderers en masse.
Unfortunately, human rights groups in America are so fixated on the
the persecution of minorities that they cannot see the suffering of the
majority. Human rights' ideology thus becomes a blinding factor.
Peace cannot come to central Africa until the oppressive minority is
from power and the vast majority achieves its basic human rights.
Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
2000-09-25 Mon 12:36ct