The Attackers, and in addition Rwanda President Paul Kagame, The European Union, The WorldBank Group.
"First they stole their forests, now they want to eradicate them!"
Ongoing Genocide Alert:
Armed villagers attack neighbouring Twa community in southern Rwanda
B - July 13, 2018 - InternationalCry
During the night of June 27, 2018, a Twa [often called Batwa] community in the southern province of Rwanda was ambushed from a neighbouring town, leaving one dead and fifteen injured. A group of armed attackers, who are reported to be ethnically in majority Hutu, attacked the largely impoverished Twa households, injuring elders and sending seven to hospital. Only three attackers have been arrested, and the local authorities have blocked journalistic efforts to cover the story.
The attack is a shock to a country that has received international praise for its inter-ethnic reconciliation efforts carried out in response to the genocide in 1994, which saw the majority Hutu population kill approximately 800,000 of the minority Tutsi. The Twa, who are the smallest ethnic group in Rwanda, are an Indigenous and historically forest-dwelling people in the Great Lakes region of Africa, and remain one of the most marginalized groups in the East African region.
This recent attack on the Twa neighbourhood in Nyaruguru District follows a history of violent harassment and discrimination against the Twa. In 2012, the same area saw a similar attack on a Twa commune. At the time, no arrests were made.
In Rwanda, the Twa are officially known as the ‘Historically Marginalized People’, given that laws have outlawed public discourse on ethnic labels in an effort to achieve national unification and reconciliation. However, the history of the Twa is seldom discussed, let alone taught to the Rwanda populace. Prior to and during German and Belgian colonization of the region, the Twa, and those who were forest dwelling in particular, saw high levels of dehumanization, harassment, and discrimination on the basis of their subsistence-centric lifestyle and short stature. The Twa have been countering the stigma from the ‘Pygmy’ racial categorization since the arrival of Europeans in the 19th century.
During the creation of Rwanda’s national parks and establishment of problematic agricultural projects from the 1960s to the early 1990s, the Twa have been repeatedly expelled from the forests [N.B.: due to paid-for policies imposed by the European Union and the WorldBank Group, a UN entity] with no transition to an agriculture-based lifestyle or compensation for their lost lands.
The violent conflicts in the latter half of the 20th century also saw most land-owning Twa either killed or forcefully removed from their land - having been defrauded of their titles.
Today, illiteracy, homelessness, unemployment, HIV, and mortality rates in Rwandan Twa communities are disproportionately higher than in the rest of the population.