The Germans lost interest in Rwanda, after the First World War and the Belgians took over. The Belgians ruled Rwanda through the Tutsi, using them at their disposal. The Tutsis’ who were mainly cattle keepers, herds grew at a very rapid pace. They grew so rapidly that the Hutus, who were farmers, had no land to accommodate the Tutsis’ animals.
The Belgian could have prevented this land issue from turning to bloodshed, but they ignored the problem and a great massacre began. Streams of blood flowed in Rwanda. The peasants burned down households and cut throats, and all this occurred under nose of the Belgian media, who did nothing to prevent it.
The Tutsis, an educated and ambitious tribe, demanded their freedom, which was something the Belgians were utterly unprepared to handle, just as losing Congo became a nightmare, yet it happened and out of provocation, assassinated the first elected Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba. Instead of giving in to the demand of the educated Tutsis, the Belgians did something unthinkable.
They switched tactics abandoning the Tutsis and supporting the submissive Hutus. They began to incite them against the Tutsis. The evil plan of the Belgians was successful and the Hutus took up arms against the Tutsis. This erupted violence which claimed thousands of life, became a thing of the past until fresh ethnic violence erupted after a plane carrying President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, was shot down in Kigali in April 1994.
A country once under Belgium, many expect the Belgium government and the media to play important role in solving this ethnic crisis and preventing further bloodshed. The piles of human skulls in Rwanda, after the war was exactly like those from the killing fields of Cambodia. It is estimated that nearly 800,000 people were massacred in the genocide.
Twenty years after the Rwandan genocide, seventy people out of thousands involved in the 1994 massacres were convicted by the UN-backed court that was designed to deliver justice. The external influence and inciting, solely orchestrated by the Belgium government were cleaned up. The mistakes often done by the West is, allowing conflicts to turn ugly in Africa, before they fake or try to find real solution.
They don’t care when Africans take machetes and spears killing themselves but at the end of it all, thousands of those neglected find their way to Europe as refugees.
According a health magazine, health care coverage for refugee claimants is actually more expensive in the long-run than simply paying for their benefits.
The ‘truth’ is God’s friend but not a lot of people are the friend of the truth. The stone the builders rejected become the head of the cornerstone. Africa would one day become a safe haven for thousands of fleeing citizens of Advanced Countries. The question is what would they flee from? Let me hold my peace, before anything said is used against me. Time will tell.
Excerpts from the book ‘Little Boygium –Wonderful Experience, available at
Images: A surviving poor girl sits among scattered dead bodies and a sea of skull of victims of the genocide. Photo credit: Rwanda photo archives.