In a recently published anti-Tutsi diatribe titled “AUTOPSIE DE LA DIPLOMATIE RWANDAISE, propagande d’un génocide à sens unique, manipulation et influence,” a Congolese so-called diplomat Arthur Omar Kayumba presents a revisionist view of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
However, Kayumba’s Book is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to promote an anti-Tutsi ideology that has been deeply ingrained in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for decades.
For a start, Kayumba’s claims are not new, nor are they particularly original. They echo the anti-Semitic propaganda that was used to justify the Holocaust, in which Jews were cast as the aggressors and the real villains were obscured by a haze of conspiracy theories and misinformation. In the same way, Kayumba’s Book attempts to blame the Tutsi for their own genocide and obscure the real perpetrators behind a smokescreen of lies and revisionism.
Kayumba’s literary work represents the latest manifestation of an entrenched anti-Tutsi ideology that has been consistently disseminated throughout the DRC for decades. This ideology has its roots in the longstanding ethnic conflict that has plagued the region since the colonial era, but its tenacity and intensity were significantly augmented and fortified when a significant number of Rwandan genocidaires, responsible for the brutal slaughter of over a million Tutsis, were warmly received in the DRC following the 1994 genocide against Tutsi. These fugitives, tainted by the blood of countless innocent lives, were able to infuse their genocidal ideology and propaganda into the DRC’s society, thereby amplifying the pre-existing anti-Tutsi sentiment in that country.
This propaganda has been used to justify violence against Tutsi communities in the DRC, with massacres and atrocities committed against them by armed groups and the DRC regular army. This violence has been largely ignored by the International Community, and it has been enabled and perpetuated by the revisionist propaganda that Kayumba’s Book represents.
It’s worth noting that Kayumba is a member of the Congolese regime, which has a long history of supporting anti-Tutsi militias in DRC. These militias have been responsible for some of the worst atrocities committed against Congolese Tutsi since the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda. It’s no surprise that Kayumba is pushing this anti-Tutsi narrative, given the DRC regime’s history of supporting violence against Tutsis in the region.
Moreover, Kayumba’s book attempts to paint Rwanda as a country that is obsessed with the genocide and that its entire diplomacy is centered on it. However, such submission is far from the truth. While it is true that the genocide is an important part of Rwanda’s history, it is not the only focus of the country’s diplomacy. Rwanda is a progressive and forward-thinking country that has made significant strides in areas such as healthcare, education, and gender equality. Its foreign policy is based on promoting peace, stability, and economic development, not on perpetuating the memory of the genocide.
The fact that Kayumba is attempting to smear Rwanda’s reputation and minimize the horrors of the genocide against Tutsi is deeply troubling. It is reminiscent of the kind of revisionist propaganda that has been used to deny the Holocaust and minimize the suffering of Jewish people. Just as Holocaust denial is a form of antisemitism, Kayumba’s Book is a form of anti-Tutsi propaganda. It is an attempt to rewrite history and deny the reality of what happened in Rwanda in 1994.
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