By Konyen Nakuwa Jr.
Today (November 12, 2017) was such a moving, numbing, gripping day, visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum and seeing beforehand the most despicable/vile and evil acts of human beings.
The last time I saw a human skull/skeleton was of our late dad in December 2011, when we exhumed the remains from where he was buried in Himan (New Cush). It was such an emotionally-overpowering feeling.
Here though, I thought and remembered all my Rwandan friends who, in one way or another, either lost a relative or knew someone who lost a relative during the 1994 genocide.
In spite of that tragic past, and all else the negative political shenanigans about Rwanda, the remarkable turnaround that it has made it its post-conflict/genocide development efforts within the last 23 years has to be noted with a deep sense of admiration and appreciation.
It’s clear that, to be a leader, one does not only have to be tough but also have a clear vision and sustained determination to implement and deliver it within time.
For us South Sudanese, it was quite a huge lesson to learn from, and somewhat embarrassingly ironic, at least from my point of view, that we got so moved yet we have our own genocide that has been going on for far too long, and the perpetrators haven’t even acknowledged it.
The kids’ victims section of theb Museum was the most difficult one to visit. Otherwise it was a sombre day to remember and reflect after a very very long time to come.
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The irony is, those that were supposed to guarantee it doesn’t happen again are still asleep in the case of South Sudan. Just like in Rwanda, they still think ours is a sovereign matter that does not deserve their attention. The united nations mission acts like the same mission that over saw the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. The Good Lord that allowed the Genocide to take place in Rwanda is still the one that oversees killing in South Sudan.
We can decide to blame everybody and everything including the Supreme Being, but if our intention is to kill, nothing, not even the Good Lord will stop it!! So the way to find a solution to the South Sudanese problem is not to search it within foreign entities but rather within, from the youth of South Sudan, from the women chiefs and, most of all, the politicians whose actions have taken as deep to the depths of despair. These people must take responsibility.” Tokop Tula