After the Rwandan conflict in 1994, when our heroic rebels took over power, liberated Tutsis and moderate Hutus, and the evil genocidaires were exiled into Zaire, all was well and peace reigned in the land of Rwanda because democracy had returned right?
Umm…no. It didn’t. And more than that, the conflict between the invading RPF and Rwanda didn’t end when they took over. The RPF followed Rwandans – non-combatants – into the Congo under the pretenses of hunting down the genocidaires. So all those who were fleeing the rebels became characterized as genocidaires so that the world could support the RPF’s invasion into DRC again with impunity.
In his Congo Resource Wars, author Andrew G. Marshall writes,
In 1996, two years after the massive killings in Rwanda, a new conflict arose, which today is still ongoing, and has in the last 12 years resulted in millions of deaths. The Congo, which before went by the name Zaire, was invaded in 1996 by Rwandan troops under the orders of Tutsi President Paul Kagame. He argued “that the Hutus across the border posed a threat to Rwandan security.” Kagame’s army, “massacred thousands of Hutu noncombatants who had taken refuge in The Congo when Kagame came to power” in Rwanda.
Marshal continues by saying that,
In 1998, Kabila had Rwandan and Ugandan troops leave the Congo, however, Rwanda “again invaded, claiming that it needed to pursue Hutus threatening its security,” and Uganda, too, invaded under the auspices of fighting Ugandan rebel groups which were based in the Congo.
Keith Harmon Snow, an independent human rights investigator and war correspondent for Survivors Rights International, Genocide Watch and the United Nations, recently reported that in October 1996 there were at least 1.5 million Rwandan and Burundian refugees in eastern Zaire [Congo]. The full-scale invasion began more formally when the Rwandan Patriotic Army and Ugandan Patriotic Defense proxy forces shelled the refugee camps, killing hundreds of thousands in a “clear case of genocide.”
Yet this isn’t considered genocide. The message is clear. It’s okay to kill Hutus, as long as you call them genocidaires. And as long as they are a Hutu, no one will question whether you’re being truthful or not. They will believe you.
Fortunately there are those who have seen past the propaganda. They will be brought to justice yet. To read more on how the “west” was involved in the conflicts, read the rest of Marshall’s article.