45 thousand still die monthly, 5.4 million dead in Congo Wars, “humanitarian war”, Civil War, Cory Morningstar, DR Congo, Forrest Palmer, insurgencies, invasions, Rwanda, Rwandan Genocide, Samantha Power, The Deluge, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Uganda
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Press release from the film maker’s website:
The Deluge is a film in progress, undertaken to reveal the truth about invasions, insurgencies, and civil wars that have engulfed the Great Lakes Region of Africa, most of all Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during the past 20 years.
Western media has ignored, misconstrued, or told more outright lies about these conflicts more than any others in the last two decades, and the consequence in the Great Lakes Region has been catastrophic: upwards of a million or more dead in Uganda, a million or more in Rwanda, then millions more in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Three, five, six, eight, or ten million more in DR Congo? No one really knows because the only serious epidemiological study, published in January 2008, concluded that 5.4 million had died of the Congo Wars and conflict between 1998 and December 2007, and that 45,000 were still dying every month. The report said that two thirds, and many of them children, were dying of starvation or easily curable diseases in refugee camps that basic medical services were unable to reach.
This film is meant to shine light on the past 30 years of war and conflict in the Great Lakes region, beginning with the invasions across the Ugandan border starting in 1990, which led to the tragic massacres of 1994. All the films and television documentaries produced to date have treated this as a simple tale of good and evil, which took place within a period of 100 days, rather than as a complex historical event, with the geopolitical and resource imperatives of the world’s major powers at its root. As Rwandan President Paul Kagame said in 2009, “Genocide in Rwanda — the causes of it are not Rwandan, are not African. The genocide has its roots somewhere else.”
And, as Paul Rusesabagina, the real life hero whose book was simplified into the film Hotel Rwanda has said, “Behind each and every dictatorship in Africa, and in developing countries, there is always a Western superpower which is manipulating what is going on on the ground.”
Why study the truth of the Rwandan Genocide now, this many years later, in film?
Because, for one, the Rwandan Genocide has been placed alongside the Holocaust as one of the pillars of the U.S. foreign policy of waging “humanitarian war,” as stated in the U.S. Presidential Directive on Mass Atrocities: “66 years since the Holocaust and 17 years after Rwanda, the United States still lacks a comprehensive policy framework and a corresponding interagency mechanism for preventing and responding to mass atrocities and genocide.” If the U.S. is determined to keep going to war to stop the next Rwanda Genocide, then U.S. citizens should understand the Rwanda Genocide.
The simple tale of good and evil was told to the world by Samantha Power, author of the 2001 analysis, “Bystanders to Genocide,” in which she blamed the Clinton administration for bystanding, not “upstanding,” meaning sending in troops to stop the massacres that took place during the infamous 100 days of 1994, and she has been calling on the U.S. to act as “upstanders,” not bystanders, ever since. Power became one of President Obama’s National Security Council Advisors after his 2008 election and his U.S. Ambassador to the UN after his 2012 election. As NSC advisor, she was credited with persuading him to bomb Libya. As UN Ambassador, she argued vehemently for attacking Syria and castigated Russia’s resistance, accusing them of “failing to stop the next Rwanda Genocide.” This, like the Zionist “Never again!”, has become the rallying cry for U.S. military intervention from Sudan to Syria, with Libya and in between.
Because the human catastrophe in the Congo is ongoing, but gets very little press considering it scale: millions dead, more than 5 million, perhaps as many as 10, but no one is really sure and may never be. Why was this allowed to go on for so many years? The crisis in the Congo began when Rwandan refugees fled into eastern Congo, at the end of the Rwandan Civil War. The Rwandan Defense Force followed them, Uganda and Burundian forces joined them, and the most lethal conflict since World War II ensued. We will never understand why without understanding the Rwandan Genocide. This film will examine the role of Western Powers in the conflict, and the roles played by Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo in the global scramble for resources.
Because the ongoing repression and injustice in Rwanda itself is so extreme, something as devastating as the Rwandan Genocide could well happen again. The film will expose the harsh realities of the current situation in Rwanda 20 years after the genocide, and pose the question of why, despite this, Rwanda is being touted as a model of development by the US, the UN, and Great Britian.
This film cannot be made without the support of individual donors, due to the nature of the topics it exposes. The filmmakers have made it clear that they will make no compromises when it comes to examining the record of what really happened in Rwanda, and posing the uncomfortable questions about who was involved behind the scenes. For this reason, the film won’t be backed by the BBC, PBS or any of the official news outlets in England or the USA. However, there will be two versions of the film upon its completion, both in English and in French, and there is a plan in place for alternative distribution, once the film is completed. For more information, and to follow the progress of this important work, the film’s official website is www.thedelugefilm.com.