Rwanda commemorates 30 years since genocide

by ian

Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

The small East African country remembered the massacre, which was led by Hutu extremists who killed roughly 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Foreign leaders who attended the event included Bill Clinton, the U.S. president during the genocide, and Israeli President Isaac Herzog.

Since the tragedy, Rwanda has shown promising economic growth under the leadership of President Paul Kagame. Yet doubts about the future remain.

While Kagame has been praised for bringing relative stability to the country, others say his lack of tolerance for dissent brought a dark cloud over the ceremony.

In 2021, FISM offered a deep dive¬†into Kagame, who has been referred to as Rwanda’s “benevolent dictator”.

It’s a conflict of terms to be sure, but a phrase oddly appropriate for a man who has both brought about relative prosperity while also imprisoning rivals, including the man after whom the movie “Hotel Rwanda,” which is set during the genocide, is based.