Member of Parliament Edouard Bamporiki yesterday launched a book ‘Mitingi Jenosideri, Imbundo, Imbarutso y’imbunda yarimbuyeimbaga ’ featuring testimonies from perpetrators of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi from various prisons in Rwanda. The book has been translated to English as ’My Son It Is A Long Story’.
It also carries testimonies of 67 genocide perpetrators and children born of mothers raped by genocidaires.
The launching ceremony was attended by the First Lady Jeannette Kagame and the Minister of Sports and Culture, Uwacu Julienne among other officials.
Umubyeyi Mediatrice, the chairperson of Umuryango Art for Peace Rwanda, an organization bringing together artists striving for peace initiated by Bamporiki, said the book is undoubtedly among the first of its kind featuring messages of genocide perpetrators serving as evidences that it was planned before. She noted the book will leave a lesson to the reader.
“We hope the way it was prepared will help all readers understand that genocide which took lives of Tutsis was prepared and executed fiercely and left wounds to survivors and scars among perpetrators and their descendants. The healing lies in accepting such a bitter history and be concerned with the future,” she said.
The executive secretary of the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) Dr Bizimana Jean Damascène, commended Bamporiki for the efforts of documenting perpetrators testimonies.
“Giving room for genocide perpetrators to speak for themselves how genocide was planned is a milestone because it helps in fighting and resisting genocide ideology especially trivializers and deniers of the genocide against Tutsi,” he said.
MP Bamporiki also lauded Madam Jeannette Kagame for support whenever he has a concern.
Bamporiki shared that he started writing ‘Mitingi Jenosideri’ in 2010. “I faced challenges while writing the book because a majority of my close advisors discouraged me saying there is no reason to write what people already knew,” he said.
MP Bamporiki explained his work became most complicated while receiving testimonies from women convicted for genocide crimes.
“I got deeper insights of how fiercely genocide was prepared, hearing how co-wives conspired to kill their man and consider that act ‘getting a successful mission. It gave me a picture that women played a big role in genocide,” he said.
Children born of raped mothers during genocide, people jailed for genocide crimes and women who got pregnant or contracted AIDS after being raped also gave testimonies during the launch of the book.
The 322-page book is on sale at Rwf 20,000.