GENOCIDE AGAINST TUTSI : Must never be a financial bonanza.

When all hell was breaking loose in those 100 dark days in Rwanda in April 1994, and Rwanda was bleeding to death, the international community looked on passively.

In 18 years since April 7, 1994, so-called Rwanda experts have spread like a bad habit.

Right behind these alleged experts are Rwandans who have found it shameless to build financial empires telling stories of their survival and embelishing them to exploit un-suspecting Western media markets. It is wrong. It is criminal. It is unconscionable and we ALL must reject it and speak out loudly against those who seek to trade on the blood and suffering of our history.

Every survivor’s story is precious. Unique.Every survivor has a story to tell that is part of that tortured history.

To have simply survived and you claim to be a genocide expert, scholar, couching your story in biblical and irrational spiritual terms while you laugh all the way to the bank is the lowest form of behavior. It diminishes the memories of those who needlessly perished. It is a dark mark on us as a People.

Just because you survived, never giving credit to those who put their lives on the line does not put you in the class of Mandela, Dalai Lama or Mother Theresa. Please, spare us.

If I am the last man left standing against this behavior, so be it. I will not be party to this exploitation of our suffering.


4 responses to “GENOCIDE AGAINST TUTSI : Must never be a financial bonanza.

  1. Great point! There is an actual cottage industry made up of Rwandans and some in the western media who thrive both finacially and proffessionaly on this tragedy. Rusesabagina and his cohorts seem to be the major franchise
    holders.They should be ashamed of themselves!

  2. @Mujura,
    I somehow doubt Rusesabagina and his ilk are even nodding acquaintances with shame; sociopaths never do.
    While I symphathise with issue raised by Willis in his post (the crass exploitation of the Genocide for financial gain), I consider it equally critical that survivors write about their experiences for both their own therapeutic benefit as well as the contribution it makes to constructing a genuine and broader record of how the Genocide transpired from the perspective of those marked for extermination. Their memoirs help to occupy the historical stream and deny it to the many revisions/negationists’ who have been busy trying to muddy the record with their invented or twisted narratives.

  3. @kalinda

    I couldn’t agree with you more! The therapeutic and historical component
    is what should sustain the premise of this tragedy.

  4. I agree with both of you on this one; lets all continue to encourage survivors to tell their stories and share their experiences. Knowing that healing is a process and it takes some level of readiness to be able to open up.

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