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“They Created Fertile Grounds For Genocide” – Retired Soldier Reflects On Rwanda Genocide

By Angelina Tukpe

In a poignant address at the symposium on genocide prevention held on Thursday, May 23rd, at Gimpa Auditorium Hall, retired soldier General Henry Kwami Anyidoho shared chilling insights into his involvement in the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi. The event, themed “Remember, Unite, Renew,” aimed to foster dialogue and action towards preventing such atrocities in the future.

General Anyidoho’s words cut deep as he recounted the brutal reality of the genocide. “The genocide was real,” he emphasized, “soldiers died, and we could not help as much as we wanted.” His somber tone revealed the profound impact the events had on him and his fellow soldiers, dispelling any illusions of a “smooth” operation.

As the symposium delved into deeper discussions, General Anyidoho did not mince words when addressing the role of leadership in preventing genocide. “Our leaders in Parliament should serve us,” he declared, pointing out that poor governance creates fertile grounds for such atrocities. His assertion resonated with the audience as he stressed the importance of self-reliance and accountability in preventing future tragedies.

Reflecting on the broader context of Africa’s struggle with governance and stability, General Anyidoho issued a sobering warning: “This part of Africa, people cannot help us unless we help ourselves.” His words echoed the sentiment that effective governance and grassroots efforts are essential in safeguarding against genocide.

General Anyidoho’s testimony served as a stark reminder of the consequences of political negligence and the urgent need for proactive measures to prevent genocide. As the symposium concluded, his message lingered, urging leaders and citizens alike to take action and ensure that history does not repeat itself.

In the fight against genocide, it is clear: “They Created Fertile Grounds for Genocide,” but it is up to us to cultivate a future of peace and unity.

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