Agathon Rwasa

Ce site web publie les atrocités des rebelles FNL du Burundi et mène une campagne pour traduire en justice le dirigeant des FNL, Agathon Rwasa. Nous essayons aussi de mettre à nue la question d'impunité en génerale. This website aims to highlight atrocities by the Burundian FNL rebels, and campaigns to see FNL leader Agathon Rwasa brought to justice. We also aim to highlight the issue of impunity worldwide.

Friday, July 22, 2005

More pictures from the August 13th 2004 Gatumba massacre

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On August 13, 2004 a force of armed combatants, many of them members of the Forces for National Liberation (Forces pour la Liberation Nationale, FNL), massacred at least 152 Congolese civilians and wounded another 106 at Gatumba refugee camp, near Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. The FNL is a predominantly Hutu rebel movement known for its hostility to Tutsi and the victims were largely Banyamulenge, a group often categorized with Tutsi.


Witnesses described finding charred and bloody bodies at the camp for the Tutsis escaping recent violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"People were sleeping when the attack happened. People were killed as they tried to escape," Eliana Nabaa of the UN mission in Congo said, quoted by the Associated Press news agency.

"The scene is absolutely horrific. There are many people burnt - families, children, women and men burnt," she said".



The attackers... moved towards the refugee camp, playing drums, ringing bells, blowing whistles, and singing religious songs in Kirundi. At least two local residents heard them sing, “God will show us how to get to you and where to find you.” One other heard shouts of “Ingabo Z’Imana,” “[We are] the army of God.” Many reported hearing attackers sing choruses of “Allelluia” and “Amen.”


Even in the midst of the noise and confusion of the attack some refugees did not immediately understand the danger. Some believed the attackers were bandits coming to steal the cows stabled nearby. Others believed those singing the religious songs had come to save them especially since some attackers were shouting “Come, come, we’re going to save you”. Anyone who stopped out the entry of a tent was immediately gunned down, as was one father who sought to save his two children by flight. The attackers, usually only two or three at a time, ripped open the tent flaps and slit the sides of the tent. Often they stayed at the entrance to the tent and either ordered people to come out or just began shooting into the tent. They then threw or shot incendiary grenades that caused the tents to catch fire.


Of the just over 800 refugees, 152 were killed, all Banyamulenge except for fourteen Bembe people. One hundred and six were wounded. Most victims were women and children. Early the next morning a Human Rights Watch researcher went to the site. She found government and international officials preoccupied with determining the cause and extent of the disaster. Ignored by all of them, a child three or four years old stood alone crying in front of a still smouldering tent.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What can ever be done about things like these? I wonder.

OE

7:12 PM  
Blogger RW said...

The reality is that these groups only exist because regional governments, like Tanzania, allow them to exist. Earlier this year Agathon Rwasa publicly appeared in Dar Es Salaam - and no attempt was made to arrest him. If the "international community" took enough of an interest in this awful situation, I believe that governments like Tanzania could be persuaded to do the right thing.

The real problem right now is one of "political will". Every time the FNL carries out an attack like Gatumba they are told "that was your last chance", but then within months they are being wooed again with promises of an amnesty for their crimes, ostensibly in the hope that this will bring peace in Burundi.

http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=47124&SelectRegion=Great_Lakes&SelectCountry=BURUNDI

Even European countries such as the Netherlands have to bear some responsibility, because they've tried to "do business" with the FNL leadership - again, ostensibly in the belief that this would help bring peace to Burundi. Several months before the Gatumba massacre, Rwasa travelled to the Netherlands. Again, no attempt was made to arrest him. Perhaps it was embarrassment over this episode that led the Dutch Development Minister, immediately following the Gatumba massacre, to assert publicly, in the face of massive evidence to the contrary, that this was the first occasion on which the FNL had attacked civilians.

The international community has helped to bring peace to Rwanda by holding to account the ringleaders of the genocide their. If we could persuade the Netherlands, Tanzania and other governments sympathetic to the FNL to take similar steps in relation to Burundi, I believe we can help to end the violence there.

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Blogger Desire-Joseph Katihabwa said...

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5:58 PM  
Blogger Desire-Joseph Katihabwa said...

As a Burundian, I can honestly say that what could be done is to prosecute all of those responsible for any crime committed in Burundi, whether it be a Hutu who claims to have lost his Family in 1972 or other time, there is no reason to justify to kill another Tutsi civilian.

The same comment goes to all Tutsi who participated or ordered killings of Hutu, justifying themselves that it is in retaliation for the attempted genocide or massacres of the Tutsi.

The problem is not about getting something done, but rather how can stop this network of fraud and other crimes channelled through some Government both in Africa, Europe and other parts of the World? Can we stop fraud in this world?

To every war, I have seen that there is always a conspiracy behind it, for example, we all know about the "Mafia", but have they ever been able to get rid of their network?

There are always more industries that manufacture weapons, will there ever be a moral conscience to stop supplying weapons?

It is a complicated situation, and that is why the international community can easily be quiet for decades over sufferings of the innocent lives who just continue to be abused and violated in their rights.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Muneinazvo Kujeke said...

Seeing these images makes me feel confused about the future.I am a Zimbabwean. Before seeing these pictures i did not understand that any other African nation had it worse than us...

6:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow its unambilivable to knwo that there are people who can such thing in this word sometime iwonder if there are real human beings and i think that maybe ist some shamefuul and dislspectefuul also stupid maybe brainwashed people who do that cause if you did see it ist something ican not discribe i fell so sorry for the chidren who lost everthing i mean what did they do to diserve that . iam als afrraid of what they may do in the future they blame the other people or goverment who knows?

7:58 AM  
Anonymous bring justice to the world said...

I strongly believe that God exist. Agathon Gawasa is a killer, an assassinate. he still killing and contributing to any killing of a human being(Tustsi). where is the human rights? where is the justice?

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