The rate at which Rwanda, seem to have achieved social reconciliation after the gory internecine conflict, some prefer to call it “holocaust” that rocked the small central African country almost 17yrs ago is both baffling and encouraging.
This was a nation that literarily went on a self annihilating journey that sent shivers down the spine of all decent people the world over. Somewhere in April 1994, the entire landscape and rivers of Rwanda was riddled with bloated corpses as Hutu extremists went after Tutsi and Hutu moderates. It is hard to imagine that man could exhibit such level of bestiality to fellow man, all as a result of primordial sentiments. Over 1million people lost their lives in that unfortunate episode, the Rwandan genocide.
17yrs later, the scenario has changed so tremendously that unless one was told of the gory events that took place, it is hard to believe that the streets of Kigali were once littered with innumerable corpses and blood.
The recently concluded U17 African Soccer tournament organized in Rwanda, indeed brought out the best in Rwanda, as all Rwandans united behind their country and junior national soccer team. They also proved to be a worthy host during the course of the tournament.
The Paul Kagame leadership in Rwanda should be commended for achieving this level of social transformation within a short time. The world should also come together to say NEVER AGAIN to such human perfidy witnessed in Rwanda in 1994, and any where in the world.