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Re: “A people without a Nation

This article is not well researched and the information provided is not neutral. It biased information based on one side of story and who has told it. Certainly Fidel is portraying Hutu people as Bad guys because he was told so by Tutsi. I guess if Tutsi were to tell their side of story they will portray themselves as innocent. As a Burundian born in Uvira just under the Mulenge Mountains, as a Burundian refugee who never knew my country and as a person who went to school with the so called Banyamulenge, I find it misinforming when one write lies about the whole story. This kind writing can only increase hatred and conflicts in people that are trying to recover from these bad memories. We should encourage true stories and stories get unite people rather than divide them.
For your good information, there are 450 tribes in Congo and none of them is Banyamulenge. Mulenge is a mountain in Uvira and the habitants are called " Bavira". When Tutsi from Rwanda occupied that Mulenge it was because they needed a place to cattle and Mulenge was beautiful plateau where they could cattle. Congo gave them to place to live not to change the names. As I said the Mountain Mulenge belongs to Bavira the naturally born people of Uvira. If the Tutsi from Rwanda wanted to be naturalised they should integrate themselves in local tribes and call themselves as either Bavira, Babembe, Bafuliro etc…However because Tutsis have always been so arrogant and dominant, they wanted distinguished themselves from the rest of the people. By the way Congolese people have been so welcoming to these Rwandese. They were given a fertile land, they were given higher positions in the Government and in churches they had higher positions such as Bishops of the Roman Catholics Church. What else they wanted? Dominion? Power so that they can continue their empire from Rwanda and Burundi to Congo and who knows the rest of Africa.
The war that the so-called Banyamulenge (the Tutsi from the Rwandese origin) were involved in to remove the dictator Mobutu was not justified. Everyone in Congo was suffering from Mobutu’s dictator and Mobutu was falling trough democratic processes. Why Tutsis did took gains then? Was it because they wanted to reclaim their Congolese nationality that Mobutu took away from them? Not really. The war simply an invasion of Rwanda and the violation of territorial integrity of Congo. Rwanda used the so-called Banyamulenge under the pre-text that they are reclaimed their nationality but eventually it was an invasion and a need for power by Tutsis.
Fidel is talking about 800,000 people who died during the genocide in Rwanda. He also talking about the massacre of Tutsis in the refugees’ camp of Gatumba in Burundi but he never mentioned about 3, 8 million people that have died since Rwanda and Tutsis invaded Congo. Fidel ignored to mention 2 million Rwanda Hutus that were killed in refugees’ camps throughout the Eastern region of Congo when Rwanda invaded Congo. These people were killed by who? Rwandese troupes and the so-called Banyamulenge. Are these not lives? Why when thousands Hutus are killed, no one raises their voices, but when one Tutsi is killed people like Fidel make a lot of noise and alerts the whole world? Are you saying that Hutus are not human beings?
In addition, who is a bad guy here? For instance in Burundi, over the years Tutsis have used tyranny, plunder y and gains to marginalise the Hutus. They even killed the first democratically elected President Melchior Ndadaye. They armed a militia group called “les sans defeat” (without defeat). Where was Fidel when this happened? Did Hutus complained about this? Why can Fidel research all the facts before he sympathize with one group and call the other “bad guys”?
Please read a book called: “Burundi: Hunger, Sexual Violence Dog Country by Nigel Watts and Published by Hurst Books. You will understand the truth about the great lakes region.
What we need in the great lakes region are people to support us in our endeavour to build everlasting peace and not people who are eager to continue diving us. Of course part of healing is to be able to tell our story, but true and neutral story. Because in some way or the other, Hutus and Tutsis have all killed and committed bad things. But there are still good people in all of us. Thank
Contact: clement.nkubizi@nmmu.ac.za for comments

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Posted by papy on 05/22/2009 at 3:34 PM

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