This is what declared General Romeo Dallaire, : (..) As the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in
This morning as I was having a break, I started surfing in blogland and read Corine's message which then led me to Maryam in
Marrakesh who's just come back from with an extremely appalling story.
Please read it. And..help if you can…
Of course...we all have our worries and the world is constantly in turmoil here and there. Like you, certainly…I feel so helpless but if I can help a bit, if I can do my little contribution then maybe there will be a tiny ray of light somewhere.
As a French citizen, I feel ashamed that
did contribute to the arming and training of Rwandese army.
What we also need to know is that before
was colonized by Germans then Belgians, Hutus and Tutsi were not antagonized ethnics and represented two social-economic groups. A Hutu could easily be integrated in the Tutsi group and vice versa.
They formed only one ethnic, called Banyarwanda, speaking the same language, sharing the same religion, the same customs and living on the same land. In the 30’s, the Belgian colonizers declared the Tutsi were of a superior race, considering them as “white negroes” and an identity card was established stating the Hutu or Tutsi ethnic.
At the end of the 50's, the Tutsi started to rebel themselves and claimed independence for their country. The catholic church then showed its preference to the Hutus and declared their racial supremacy hence creating tensions between the two ethnics. The question is : what is the actual responsibility of colonialism in that case ?
The question is : why in regards of powerful nations, some lives count more than others ?
The question is : can we keep our mouth and eyes shut ?
Please, pay a visit to Maryam and to Corine today. Maryam would like to raise some money in aid to a Rwandan NGO called AVEGA which helps widows of the genocide. It can be done through a paypal account but she doesn't have one, living in Morrocco. So Corine is collecting the money through her paypal account. You can give whatever you want : 25$, 50$....I was about to spend 100$ on a new jacket this saturday. I'm only too glad to give this money to someone who really needs it....