Nyanza Ya Kicukiro Horror: EALA Stands With Rwanda

drugs geneva; font-size: small;”>During the genocide, more than 3, 000 Tutsis were walked from ETO Kicukiro to Nyanza ya Kicukiro before being brutally killed by grenades and machetes, with others dying from life threatening wounds.

What is particular with the victims at Nyanza is they had turned to MINUAR (then UN peace keeping mission in Rwanda) for protection without success.

Knowing well that they would likely be killed, Belgian blue helmets stood by as all Tutsis were taken uphill and brutally killed.

“We were told they were taking us to be dumped into Nyabarongo river, on the way, they were killing people, I heard screams. When we got to Nyanza, they said ‘we can’t wait, let us kill them all here’. They started throwing grenades and used machetes on those who were groaning from their injuries. I survived because many bodies fell on me,” testified Ernest Maniraho, a survivor who was 7 years old at the time of the genocide.


Dr. Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, Ibuka President, urged survivors to be strong and asked all Rwandans to continue to speak about the UN’s failure to protect those it was supposed to protect. “We thank all Rwandans for supporting survivors during this time, especially the Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) for both stopping the genocide and treating more than 12,000 survivors of their injuries. We thank them from the heart.”

In attendance was also a delegation from the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

Speaking for the delegates, EALA Speaker Margaret Nantongo Zziwa, said that all of East Africa mourned for the East Africans who had been killed.

“It was a tragedy we should support survivors because the trauma will never go away. EALA has resolved to condemn in the strongest terms what happened here and castigate the UN for failing to protect those under its watch.”

She also thanked President Paul Kagame and all those who had helped rebuild Rwanda into a unified, productive nation.

Minister of Sports and Culture Protais Mitali, in his remarks, thanked everyone who came to stand with survivors.

He also urged Rwandans and friends of Rwanda to fight genocide denial.

“There was no double genocide. Genocide is planned by intellectuals and high authorities. In Rwanda, in 1994, Tutsis were hunted to be exterminated. Let no one deceive the world while we watch.”

Even with somber thoughts and heart wrenching testimonies, survivors who spoke remarked on how much progress had been made as a country.

“We know where we were as survivors, and where we are now. The future is bright,” concluded Maniraho.

The event is one of many organised at different memorial sites to commemorate victims of the genocide against the Tutsi.

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