This map of the Great Lakes region of Africa was created before 1997, when Zaire became the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Violence, repression and human rights abuse continues to increase as 2010 elections approach in the East African neighbor nations of Rwanda and Burundi, whose ethnicity, politics and conflicts are closely intertwined.
Didas Gasana is the editor of Umuseso, a Kinyarwanda language newspaper banned by Rwandan President Paul Kagame. – Photo: Facebook profile picture
Didas Gasana, editor of Rwanda’s banned African language newspaper Umuseso, says that Kagame is demanding that Rwandan political refugees be forcibly repatriated from Uganda so as to prevent them from joining militias to invade Rwanda as he himself and his militia did from 1990 until they seized power in 1994.
Rwanda presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza agrees and says that Kagame most likely wants to repatriate those young enough to join a rebel militia, possibly one led by Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa and Rwandan soldiers who followed him into exile in Uganda.
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, presidential candidate of Rwanda’s FDU-Inkingi Party, has been warned that she will be arrested again if she continues to speak to the international press. – Photo: FDU-Inkingi Party
Ingabire reaffirms her conviction that there is no military solution for Rwanda, that only opening political space to all Rwandans will bring lasting peace, even as she prepares to stand trial for crimes against the state which many say she has been charged with simply to prevent her from running against President Kagame.
Click to listen to a KPFA Radio News report that includes an interview with Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza about the refugee issue.