This time last year I was in Rwanda. During my visit I went to the Murambi Genocide Memorial, where 50,000 people where slaughtered. Many in Rwanda laid the blame for this at the feet of the French. Rob Halfon, who is there at the moment has written an incredibly moving report of his visit this week HERE. Below is a fifteen minute film I made for 18 Doughty Street about the Rwandan genocide.
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Johann Hari has extracts of an article he has written outlining the shameful betrayal of Rwanda by the French government. The Rwandans are understandably engaged in a process of 'defrancification'. French is no longer being taught to schoolchildren and is being replaced by English, which is now an offical language. The legal system is gradually changing from one based on French law to a more English style arrangement.
There is only one way France can restore its reputation in this part of Africa. President Sarkozy should visit Kigali and formally apologise for France's part in the genocide which killed more than a million people in just a few short weeks.
The BBC report is HERE. Jeremy Hunt has also blogged on Rwanda HERE.