The Role Of Doctors And Nurses in Genocide Against The Tutsi

The Role Of Doctors And Nurses in Genocide Against The Tutsi

By Dr BIZIMANA Jean Damascène Executive Secretary/CNLG

 Nationwide, the number of doctors known to have committed the Genocide is fifty-nine (59), including twenty-five (25) who committed the Genocide in the City of Butare.

The total number of identified nurses, nurses and medical staff who committed genocide was seventy-four (74), including thirty-one (31) who committed genocide in Butare City.

Butare University Hospital (CHUB) is one with the highest number of doctors who committed the genocide.

This article highlights the significant role of these people in the massacre carried out in Butare City.  It also shows that twenty-five (25) doctors, three (03) medical students at the University of Rwanda and thirty-one nurses and medical staff (31) turned out to be murderers.

Among the doctors were high-level medical experts that Rwanda had.

After 26 years, the National Commission for the fight against Genocide calls for those doctors and nurses who committed genocide and fled abroad to be suspended from medical care and be taken to justice.

 One of the features of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is that its perpetrators carried it out everywhere; in churches or clinics. Even more severe is the fact that some of those who were responsible for protecting human lives, including doctors who had sworn infor their profession, have been at the forefront of committing Genocide, especially in hospitals, health centers and clinics.

Many of the doctors, nurses and other medicine staff killed Tutsi who had taken refuge in hospitals, others have participated in the attacks and gave instructions to kill. The killings took place all over the country. Some of them have been arrested, tried, convicted, and imprisoned in Rwandan prisons. Others are still free where they fled in foreign countries, including those who are already employed by foreign hospitals and clinics, regardless of the fact that they betrayed their professional standards.

Among these doctors, there are some who, when they arrived overseas started to propagate the Genocide ideology, demeaning and denial of the Genocide against the Tutsi, defamationof the Rwandan leadership and establishing the so- called political groups around the world based on genocide ideology including FDLR, FDU-Inkingi, RUD URUNANA and others.

For some of them, the Prosecutor General’s Office issued arrest warrants and are now wanted by Interpol. doctors and nurses who were involved in the genocide against the Tutsi fled to various countries, including France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Italy, Norway, the United States of America, Canada, south Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Swaziland, Burundi and elsewhere.

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,( is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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