The Great Stratagem between Kigali, UNHCR, and MAPENDO INTERNATIONAL to export fake Banyamurenge refugees to USA continues.
There have been many stories and incidences whereby the various people wrote articles of how the Kigali government has bribed various humanitarian agencies or registered their own charitable organization in USA and UK to help and infiltrate bogus ‘Rwandan Refugees’ into these countries in order to carry out their evil activities. One of those articles that enlightened my mind and put me into the motion to leave the State and go and carry out my own research is the long articles published in a world’s most respected research website called Global Research. I found the article entitled “Psychological Warfare, Embedded Reporters and the Hunting of Rwandan Refugees: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=SNO20080411&articleId=8657 .
The writer starts talking about the uncovering the bogus refugees sent by Kigali government just to disturb and tarnish the name of the genuine Rwandan refugees, who are not from Kagame’s community. The writer explains the story of one of the Rwandan Intellectual Hutu Refugees harassed by a BBC news journalist Mr. Fergal Keane’s who has had a long relationship with RPF regime write from the time the planned to invade Rwanda to the time they killed the late President Habyalimana Juvenal on 6th April, 1994. He talks about the incident of Dr. Vincent Bajinya who happened to come from the same village as the late Habyalimana. I was touched by the action that Mr. Fergal bumped into Dr.Bajinya with a camera on where he started calling him names like a Genocidaire mastermind. This created a thirst in me to quench. As a doctorate student in History and politics here in United States, I decided to go back to Africa. I went back to Kenya a country I lived in since 1995 after fleeing Rwanda in the month of June probably a year after RPF took over from Habyalimana. I was 20 when I passed through Virunga forest after witnessing the brutal death of my elderly parents. I remember very well the day I went to collect my Identity Card at our district Office of Kinigi, Ruhengeri Province, I came back home but before I got home I met people waiting for me at Musanze Shoping Centre. They wanted to warn me not to go home because the RPF army had come home and killed everyone who was at home. They killed indiscriminately children, young people, and elderly like my father who was in his 86 and my mother who was in her 70s. I was the only child remained at home after Kagame took over Rwanda. My parents were very old they couldn’t flee with other people. I didn’t want to leave them though they wanted me to flee together with my elder brothers and their family, I felt a moral obligation to remain with them, and die with them. But on this very day, I found them dead as I had gone for my Identity Card.
When my neighbors saw me they warned me not to proceed. They rather advised me to go and hide myself in the Virunga forest and wait until the normalcy comes back. I took off to the bamboo forest where I spend the whole night and day walking under the bushes meeting human bones scattered all over.
I came to Kenya then later I met a Good Samaritan who took me to school in the United States. After reading that article I remembered the incidences which have been happening for some years now where the UNHCR in Kenya has been denying the Rwandan genuine refugees protection instead supporting those ones recommended by Kigali government. In 2001, Koffi Annan the then UN Secretary General came to Kenya to clean up the mess of corruption which had rooted in UNHCR administration. Many Hutu refugees were denied refugee status on the claim of genocide. Majority of these refugees who don’t have protection from UNHCR are women and children. They were denied protection on the ground that they are Hutus. The UNHCR has ignored its own reports published in 1995 and 2002 that are confirming that RPF was practicing extrajudicial killings and arbitrary arrest of Hutus across the country.
This move was manifested by the UNHCR campaigns that it took around the country mobilizing refugees from Great Lakes Region. This campaign was aimed at discouraging these refugees not to take the KENYA ALIEN CERTIFICATES being issued by the Kenyan Government after realizing that there have been many injustices practiced by UNHCR against the innocent Hutu refugees. When I was in Kenya carrying out my doctorate research among East-Central Refugees in Kenya, I saw a tag of war between UNHCR and Kenyan Commission on Refugees Affairs. The UNHCR pushed by Kigali government was crying foul that it was outraged by the fact that Kenya has recognized the Rwandan ‘Hutu’ refugees. In the statement posted in a Kenyan local newspaper called Nation, the UNHCR through its spokesperson Mr. Emmanuel Nyambera that it could not understand why the Kenyan Government has opted to give asylum to Hutu refugees instead of forcing them to return to Rwanda. This opened my eyes wider and it indicated to me that there is a group being oppressed by the body which is supposed to protect it just because of political reasons.
I took my initiative to look for where the offices of UNHCR are now because when I left 10 years ago the offices where somewhere in Hurlingham near yaya. I was told to take a taxi minibus no.23 usually called ‘Matatu’ by local people. I took the Uhuru Highway then landed into Waiyaki High Way. I alighted at Church Road junction. I took church road which is next to the Offices of All Africa Conference of Churches for those who know the place. I walked for around 200m then arrived at UNHCR. I found so many refugees from Burundi, DRC, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia, but majority of them were refugees from Great Lakes Region because Thursday is the day for those people from French Speaking countries. I entered as a New Refugee in order to learn what is going on inside their. I sat to see how the refugees are treated in Kenya compare to the time I was there late 1990s. I started talking in my mother tongue to the ladies who were sitting next to me. They replied. Usually people from Burundi, DRC, and Rwanda are social. We talked and talked then it was around 11am without any sign of calling anyone from our line. I was feeling already hungry because I had not had my breakfast. I wanted to behave the same way other refugees around behave and feel the way they are feeling because even me I passed through this before. I talked to them smiling asking them if we could go for lunch or soda at the kiosk inside the compound. They replied surprised worried that they couldn’t afford a soda bought from that Kiosk because it is double the normal cost. I offered to buy them. They reluctantly accepted then we went sharing. To my surprised I found another group speaking Kinyarwanda which is Rwandans mother-tongue, but this group was sitting in a separate pavilion which prompted me to ask. Then one of those three ladies we were together gestured to me then she laughed as she said to me “these are the chosen few by Mapendo.” I couldn’t get it well then I asked for more information, then the story began. The lady who was talking to me was nicknamed after her latest boy. Mama Kibebi, meaning the mother of a baby. Mama Kibebi started telling me more about the ‘Chosen Few Group of Mapendo. To my surprise I found out that Mapendo is an International Charitable organization registered in USA Massachusetts. I came to learn a lot about the intrigues played in Africa by the humanitarian agencies such as UNHCR and Mapendo International. They explained to me and gave me a very long list of bogus refugees who have been leaving Rwanda in disguise of Banyamurenge (these are Tutsis from Eastern Congo) and report themselves to UNHCR. The UNHCR sends them directly to Mapendo International offices which are along Chaka Road in Hurlingham. Then the latter organizes the process to resettle to the States without taking too long or even suffering in Nairobi. I asked them the reasons why they did not go to Mapendo for such kind of help. They looked at me then laughed at me asking “in this short period you have completely forgotten who you are.” Meaning that I have forgotten my Identity, the Identity of being a Hutu, a tribe that Kagame tarnished its image to make a living out it. Mama Kibebe continued explaining to me how she attempted to go to Mapendo for a medical assistance. She was asked first whether she is a Ttutsi or a Hutu. When she was asked such question she wanted to lie because someone had warned her that if she is not a Tutsi she is not going to be helped. Actually her friends had advised her to masquerade her ethnicity and because of her sharp noise say that she is a Tutsi in order to get medical help through Mapendo. She laughed then she said, “Nashakaga kuvuga ko nd’Umututsi aliko nibuka ko isura atariyo jye,ahubwo njye n’amaraso ya data na mama (I wanted to lie that I am a Tutsi, as she was laughing, but I remembered that what makes me not the look but my mother’s and father’s blood, that is my true identity). I went ahead and said who I truly am. “A Hutu”, I replied. Then I was referred to Kenyatta National Hospital, which is a public hospital. I left laughing inside my heart because I was given an answer I was expecting all along. When we finished our Sodas we went back to sit on the benches. We waited to be called. Majority of the refugees I talked to they did not have legal documents except the Alien Card that the wonderful Kenya Government gave them as they put it in their own words. “Imana irengera ibishwi nimisega nt’ihumbya (it is a Kinyarwanda saying literally meaning that the God who protects sparrows never winks, he is always there with a watching eye). Among the people I contacted they told me that Kagame sends his men to USA through Mapendo and UNHCR to ensure that they get resettlement as refugees but still on his mission as investigators and spies for Kagame’s regime. These people go back to Rwanda using Uganda as their transition where they leave their UNHCR or USA travel documents then they take Rwanda pass to cross over as Rwandans. As I continued to look for more information to cover my research on the life of the refugees from Great Lakes Region, I was taken around Nairobi suburbs to be shown the houses where the refugees from Rwanda stay on their transit to USA as Mapendo process their dossiers. Some of those areas where these ‘Chosen Few Mapendo Group’ stay are Pangani, Umoja, Ngumo, and Eastleigh. Mama Kibebe continued telling me that these bogus refugees have their ‘password’ they use in order to be identified with Mapendo and UNHCR as people who are on the transit, if you don’t know the password, you are not among this chosen few mapendo group. Your case is rejected instantly.
I continued meeting with refugees from Rwanda who have various problems. Some of them have opted to collect scrap metals from the garbage around the slums of Kangemi, Kawangware, Mathare and so on in order to earn ends meet for their small kids. Many of these women are widows because maybe they got separated with their husbands during the times when RPF was hunting Hutu refugees in DRC, or the time when Tanzania chased away the Hutu refugees, or others died because of not finding medication since UNHCR had denied them the legal documents in order to have access to their basic human rights. This was done as a plan for UNHCR to force them to go back to Rwanda since there were claims that Rwanda bribed the UNHCR administration in order not to allow any Hutu intellectual gets access to the UNHCR assistance. This is seen in the statistics of a minimal number of Hutu refugees who have been given resettlement through Nairobi UNHCR, many Hutu Refugees in Nairobi have been rejected, and a good number is for those thought to be educated and more knowledgeable, they are rejected after their first introduction, even that molecule number of Hutu refugees who might have been given resettlement to the third country, are those families whom they think they have not gone to school. While the resettlement process for the Rwandan genuine refugees takes from 5 years to ten years, from the day that a refugee application is accepted, for this Rwando-Banyamurenge, through Mapendo International, it is a different thing. It just takes 1 to 3 months then you are in the United States.
After my research, I thanked God who directed me to Africa because I managed to deeply understand the suffering my people are undergoing. I fully discovered the ways that some people benefit from the sufferings of their brothers without taking into consideration that all of us are human beings with the same ambitions, and feelings. That one should know that the same way you need to have a chance in life; you should also give me chance without compromising my rights and judging me based on the prejudices of the world full of evil minded people who were created to make other people’s lives miserable. This showed me and convinced me that there is a group about to extinguish, a group that has endured the world’s insult, oppression, and harassment from all angles of life. The group that has been branded “Genocidaires” simply to isolate their feelings and hide them behind the crimes they didn’t commit while the masterminds are free and liberal to access any world’s opportunities at the expenses of our anguish. Whatever the case, which ever the time and means. Mapendo International and UNHCR Nairobi should understand that whever these Hutu refugees get opportunity to go out of Nairobi; other people do treat them in more humane way. No discrimination at all. They are viewed as Rwanda refugees not like you are a Hutu or Tutsi you deserve this but not that. Please try and become the agents of reconciliation in Rwanda not a widening gap tool in disguise.
For so many years western humanitarian agencies and UN body in particular have played a major role in disintegrating Rwandan communities. The UNHCR has been a major tool to widen up the gap between Hutus and Tutsis especially when it comes to the matters of humanitarian assistance in the countries of East and Central Africa region where the Kigali government has a bigger say. When one flees Rwanda to a neighboring country such as Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Kenya the UNHCR staff they compete to know what tribe one comes from. After establishing this then they go through the process of either accepting you as a qualified refugee or they reject your case. But when it is established that one is a Hutu from either Rwanda or Eastern DRC it is enough premise to reject his or her case. When you are a Tutsi refugee or Munyamurenge refugee (a Tutsi from DRC) the chances are very high to be accepted by UNHCR and be given a resettlement through Mapendo International. The good examples are those of some Rwandan refugees who chose to deny their original tribes and opted to argue their refugee cases as Tutsi or Banyamurenge refugees and their cases where easily accepted. Those who managed to change their tribal identity are in many cases ladies because they generally have sharp noses and it is easy to disguise as Tutsis. Kamurangwa is one of those people who managed to get resettlement to one of the western countries through this way of changing identity in 2005 after discovering that the UNHCR and Mapendo have a deal to only assist refuges from one community and leave other community to suffer. She strongly believe that if she had argued her case as a Hutu refugee woman, she couldn’t have succeeded since all members of her family who went for the interview with UNHCR in 2004 and presented themselves as Hutu refugees their case was rejected including her 12 and 14 years old children who went for the interview together with their father Mr.Ambroise. Kamurangwa is one of those many Hutu refugees harassed and discriminated by UNHCR in Nairobi and Mapendo International. Actually 90% of all Hutu refugees cases presented to Mapendo International and UNHCR Nairobi were rejected. Most of these people went for only one or two interviews. Kamurangwa have been looking for the reunion with her husband and children through the UNHCR but it has proved futile because according to her the UNHCR and other Humanitarian agencies in charge of assisting refugees are biased in their humanitarian activities delivery. Once again many people have been brutalized or segregated by some humanitarian agencies in the countries neighboring Rwanda especially those who are living in Kenya.
As I said in this article here above, 80% of Hutu refugees living in Kenya do not have UNHCR protection. Their cases have been rejected in order to make their living in Kenya miserable, which according to UNHCR perception and mission could have helped it to forcible return the rejected refugees to go back to Rwanda dejected. The refugees returned to Rwanda after all these years in exile, they are channeled to “rehabilitation centres to brainwash them or to Gacaca the legendary traditional courts tailored to try even those who fled when Kagame was taking over in 1994 and RPF couldn’t arbitrary arrest them during those days. The Gacaca courts are designed to siphon all young promising Hutus who were still kids when Kagame got power in 1994 after shooting down a presidential plane which was carrying the two Hutu presidents Habyalimana Juvenal of Rwanda and Ntaryamira Cyprien of Burundi. Gacaca legalize the arrest since it involves the terrorized people who claim to be witnesses. The government sends military patrol to the villages where the Gacaca courts are going to take place the next day. The military terrorize the villagers asking them to prove the accused guilt. The older people are accused of having participated in genocide whereas the youngsters are accused of propagating Genocide Ideology. The both crimes bear the same capital punishment. It is hard to prove not guilt in that country. Where the justice takes place based on your tribal background not on the crime committed. This makes people look desperate because they know that even if they flee the country there is no where to go. They cannot go to Uganda because the people who rule in Rwanda are the same people who are ruling in Uganda, the same in Burundi. They cannot go to Tanzania since Tanzania supported the RPF administration during the 1990s peace negotiations, during the planning of Habyalimana’s murder in April 1994 when his plane was shot down, the establishment of a biased International Tribunal Court on Rwanda ICTR, as it was published by an Australian investigator Michael Hourigan http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/un-shut-down-rwanda-probe/2007/02/09/1170524298428.html
the only country which is a bit nearer they can run to is Kenya but the Kigali government managed to set up hurdles through UNHCR and Mapendo International where nepotism has played a major role in giving UN protection mandates or resettling those who are in eminent danger and health problems. During my stay in Kenya I tried to contact Mr. Emmanuel Nyabera and Mapendo staff Coltilda didn’t succeed. Whatever happened I was encouraged to write this article by a story of a young girl in High School who wrote in one of the USA Universities online journals. She started describing her ordeal as a Hutu refugee in DR Congo and in Kenya as well. She did not leave out her experience in the United States. Her story entitled: A Tale of Atrocity, Nightmare and Hope: Once Upon a Time in Rwanda was published by Dayton University website http://international.udayton.edu/events/spotlights/igilibambe.htm. When I came back to the States I tried to contact the Mapendo International Offices through email. I wanted to ask them whether the information collected around Nairobi during my doctorate research had some facts and whether they were willing to give all the refugees the equal rights. They replied to one of the emails in these words: “
Thank you for writing to Mapendo and raising your concerns with us. It is unfortunate that you have the perception of Mapendo that you do. Indeed, our services are offered in a completely non-discriminating way. It is unfortunate that some have drawn other conclusions. We cannot respond to the specific charges you mention as we find no factual basis for them. A few points that we will make however are:
1. The demand for our services in Nairobi is much greater than we can supply. We are a small, new NGO trying quickly to build and enhance our programs. There are around 150,000 urban refugees in Nairobi. It is clear that we cannot help everybody and must necessarily apply criteria to determine whom we can assist. The criteria are entirely based on the level of need; there are no ethnic criteria or standard ever applied by Mapendo.
2. We are funded 100% by donations from private individuals. We receive no government funding and therefore your taxes do not pay for our programs. That does not mean, however, that we do not feel accountable to our clients and our donors. We certainly do.
Again, thank you for your feedback. We will continue to strive to assist the most at-risk and vulnerable refugees as much as possible.
I hope the world is going to understand that many organizations have fallen prey to Kagame’s tactics of divide and rule. Where they use the genocide and tribal card to isolate one community and enrich another at the expense of others. The west should stop victimizing innocent refugee kids and women who have nothing to do with the past. if there is anyone to ask what caused the genocide in Rwanda he/she should ask Kagame and his cohorts and stop a blame game and witch hunt. Ban Ki Moon should beware of the trap that Koffi Annan slid in which victimized all Rwandan refugees from Hutu community. He continued supporting the Kagame's game of hunting all intellectual Hutus in the name of genocide. I am 25 now but I am still regarded by Kigali as Interahamwe. whereas the genocide happened when I was 10. How could I have participated in killing people and yet I did not yet know my basic human rights? I was in standard 3, if I am Interahamwe then Interahamwe is a connotation of a Hutu. Hutus in Eastern Congo have been caught up betwen CNDP of Nkunda and RPA Kagame's army. The UN ha kept murm about it, so who is going to protect them from the onslaught of Kigali?I learnt that when Hutus from Masisi come to Nairobi to look for asylum, and they say they are Hutus, the UNHCR AND Mapendo Int'l reject them immediately claimimg that they are Interahamwe. So if they are interahamwe, why the Banyamurenge who are destabilizing Kivu region are being resettled to the States without seeing them as Tutsis of Kagame?