Monday, December 27, 2010

For Victoire Ingabire and Bernard Ntaganda in Rwanda

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and Bernard Ntaganda

by Ann Garrison on Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 1:12pm

Please add your Christmas wishes to this global online Christmas card for Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and Bernard Ntaganda, and for the Rwandan people, and African people of the wider region, who have suffered  such brutal dictatorship and exploitation for so long.  

The AfrobeatRadio Collective will publish everyone's good wishes, on   Please include names and locations, unless doing so is cause for anxiety.

To Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and Bernard Ntaganda
1930 Prison
Kigali, Rwanda

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Rwanda's FDU-Inkingi opposition leader, is spending Christmas in Rwanda's maximum security 1930 prison.
Dear Victoire and Bernard:

We are sad to see you, two of the candidates who attempted to contest this year's Rwandan presidential election, spending Christmas behind bars, in Rwanda's 1930 maximum security prison. Your incarceration, even after the release of the October 1st UN Mapping Report documenting the Kagame regime's war crimes, crimes against humanity, and civilian massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is justice turned upside down, or rather, no justice at all.
Bernard Ntaganda, Rwandan opposition leader, planned to protest the opposition's exclusion from Rwanda's 2010 presidential election, saying, "Silence is acceptance." He was arrested before he could leave the house on 06.24.2010, and is now, like Victoire Ingabire, spending Christmas in Rwanda's 1930 maximum security prison.
Though you will not even be able to read this card online or in print, we hope you may somehow hear of it and be heartened.  Thank you many times over for your courage and strength.  

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