The worst thing in life I can probably wish for is being 20 years old next month. You do not need to be a great thinker or historian to imagine how horrible the 3 months over which the genocide committed against the Tutsis were. Of course I wasn't born yet and I can remember I was explained about what actually occurred when I was six. They could no longer hide it from me as after watching horrible images on a neighbours TV set, I asked my parents and ants questions after questions. It was not a scary movie I had seen. My people were killing my people.
Ruth is my English tutor and she's from Scotland. I often question her what scots would think of me if I visit her city Edinburg and introduce myself as Rwandan. Would they think I am an assassin or what?. '' some would probably think you are not a good person yes'' she narrated eyeing my face to check if I was uncomfortable or ashamed. ''People tend to store awful images on their minds for a very long time. They would associate Rwanda with genocide, Ethiopia with famine —or worse, terrorism with Muslim. Rwanda has moved on a great deal!'' She concluded.
She couldn't be more right. As Rwandans we have learned a lesson about our unity and tolerance to one another in the hardest way possible and we want to build a prosperous nation with a more peaceful society. However I can't help myself not thinking if a genocide can still occur in my country or elsewhere in the world. Is the ''never again'' slogan an irony? Would the Nations Nations intervene if we had to kill each other?
For me, you don't need to be a political science teacher at Harvard or Oxford to answer both questions. For the 1st, as I know it, the genocide that took place in Rwanda and elsewhere before then were made possible by bad and greedy Leadership. Unfortunately bad leaders with personal agenda and interests will always try to lead our nation. It is our responsibility —young and old —to learn how to challenge them when they try to divide us. In Rwanda we have the same culture, same language and same... well everything. In contrast the Belgians, —Oh yes, the Belgians who made up the difference between us—speak 3 different languages; so do the Swiss. They have lived side by side sometimes with heated politics but no one has killed even a neighbour's pet so far. This is our time as young leaders to define the path of our country. A country where there are no Hutus Nor Tutsis but Rwandans.