What is and where is the African Great Lakes Region?

The African Great Lakes are a series of lakes and the Rift Valley lakes in and around the geographic Great Rift Valley formed by the action of the tectonic East African Rift on the continent of Africa. They include Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world in terms of surface area, Lake Tanganyika, the world’s second largest in volume as well as the second deepest and Lake Kivu which lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Lake Kivu empties into the Rusizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.

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“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people”

In a recent four day trip to Washington DC, meetings and interviews filled my schedule during the US African Leader Summit. Fifty heads of state from Africa descended upon DC to discuss topics of growth, infrastructure, food security, trade and various other political topics. President Obama made it clear that there would be no private meetings between himself and any of these dignitaries. President Obama did make the following statement in regards to the event: “I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world – ...
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Rwanda: Former Aide to Victoire Ingabire Refuses to Falsely Testify

Olivier Rukundo, a Rwandan PhD student in China will soon see his scholarship terminated, his new Rwandan passport request denied. His own embassy is negotiating his deportation to Rwanda, Olivier told newspaper Umuvugizi. According to the newspaper, he has been under constant pressure from Rwandan embassy in China to hand over copies of his emails with Victoire Ingabire. Olivier may have been forced to falsely testify, when his email account proved to contain no implicating evidence against the party chairperson. Olivier Rukundo claims that Rwandan Embassy in China argued him to cooperate otherwise, without his new passport, China, which takes ...
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Dispatches: Lifting the Lid on Rwandan Repression

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, who is giving a speech at London’s Chatham House today, is viewed by his admirers as the man who saved the nation – who brought stability and rapid economic development to a country devastated by genocide now 20 years ago. Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister who advises the Rwandan government, has talked of Kagame’s “visionary leadership,” while former US president Bill Clinton has described him as “one of the greatest leaders of our time.” But these admirers – and others – seem to be willfully ignoring the darker side of Kagame’s record in office ...
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Facing a Dictator Kagame: By Which Way?

In 1990, the RPF and her armed wing the RPA invaded Rwanda, promising, among others, the restoration of democracy, rule of law, human rights and an end to a refugee problem. The revolution begun with a prophet, but 21 years later, it has ended with a policeman. The RPF under Kagame now epitomizes best what my friend George Ayittey calls ‘crocodile liberators’. Although some of my friends insist the 90 invasion was illegitimate; I kindly ask we leave the legitimacy or absence thereof of the invasion, and think, 21 years later, how Rwandans would get rid of Kagame’s brutal ruthless ...
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Andre Kagwa Rwisereka’s Family Speaks

Democratic Green Party Vice-President Mr Andre Kagwa Rwisereka was found murdered last July 2010. Throughout this difficult moment, his family had remained quiet about their father’s passing but have now chosen to express and share with the rest of Rwandans and friends, their experience. A Father First “First I would like to stress that he was a father before he was a politician” Jean Luc Havugwa Rwisereka, his oldest son said. “So it was very important to us that we mourn him as a father and we try to understand what had just happened. The circumstances in which he was ...
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The posting of this article on the Proxy Lake is not intended to minimize or deny the Rwandan genocide. It seeks to bring out debatable information from the author to further clarify what actually happened in Rwanda. Rwanda: “Genocide of Tutsis”, the anatomy. On April 6th, 1994, the plane carrying President Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda and Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi was shot down at Kigali airport while beginning its landing. Following the terrorist attack, a horrible massacre and humanitarian disaster plunged Rwanda into horror and chaos. In three months, some eight hundred thousand Rwandans will die as well. This is what ...
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Video: CONGO Soldiers Explain Why They Rape

Why they Rape: Magic Portion. “The weapon of rape is proving more effective than the barrel of the gun. It has the power to kill off communities, ostracize women, destroy families and tear the fabric that holds Congolese society together.” Chris Jackson “I ask her now if she wants sex. Before I would not ask, I would just beat her if she did not want to have sex with me, until she gave in.” Ex-rebel soldier.   Between 30 July and 2 August, at least 242 civilians were raped in 13 villages in North Kivu province’s Banamukira territory in the ...
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UN calls for investigations into Congo rebel atrocities

The United Nations has called on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to carry out criminal investigations into acts of violence committed by the former March 23 movement (M23) rebels in the eastern part of the African country between April 2012 and November 2013. “In the light of documented breaches of human rights and international law, it is recommended that Congolese authorities open sweeping, thorough and fair judicial investigations on the crimes committed by civilians and fighters in M23 in North Kivu province,” the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a statement ...
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Reasons Not to Be Victoire Ingabire’s Supporter

Many people often join rallies around the world (mainly in Europe and USA) to protest for the release of Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, the chairperson of the yet-to-be registered Rwandan opposition political party FDU, who is currently incarcerated in Rwandan jail. To many, Victoire Ingabire is a hero. She is that lady who dare to challenge President Kagame’s regime in many areas of its governance. But why do you support her? Do you support her just because she is opposed to Paul Kagame whom you hate so much? Or is it because she is one of a few women in Rwandan political ...
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Rwandan students overseas forced to join Rwandan spy networks

This summer, from 29th July 2013 to 10th August 2013, young Rwandan students abroad under the government scholarship have been forced to return to Rwanda and spend their summer holidays in a military and intelligence training programme. Around 267 students studying abroad traveled to Rwanda and went to Gako military camp to participate in what Rwandan Government called “Itorero” or “Civic education”. Joana Gakwaya, a student in Canada attending “itorero” The attendees were given training in handling weapons, military tactics, fighting, spying and reporting techniques. Trainees were selected and put into different groups specialising in different areas such as special intelligence ...
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