DRC’s xenophobia and hate speech towards Rwanda extended into schools

A video clip of school children performing a play that pins Rwanda as “the enemy” of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been making rounds on social media platforms. The well-coordinated ploy is another indication that Tshisekedi regime is determined to instill xenophobic ideology into Congolese of all ages, which is alarming.

The new development of children parroting the Kinshasa regime’s blemish propaganda against Rwanda shows unending defiance to stop hate speech and divisive rhetoric. Lately, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken reprimanded Tshisekedi over growing hate speech rhetoric and the need to stop it, however the latter turned a deaf ear to United States’ raised concerns and germinated more hate in schools.

More alarms have been raised about hate speech in the DRC. From Alice Wairimu Nderitu, United Nations Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention who denounced the ongoing hate speech in the DRC which led to ferocious atrocities committed by regime forces, FDLR and allied armed militia groups. Nderitu highlighted that “hate speech is particularly useful for politicians especially when major events are brewing, like elections.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda (April 7, 2023) reminded the world how hate speech is a “key indicator of the risk of genocide”

However, the Tshisekedi regime doesn’t learn. It has continued to use hate speech as an excuse to run away from its responsibility; specifically, it has been a ploy for Tshisekedi to secure another presidential term.

Tshisekedi’s defiance to stop hate speech continues to fuel atrocities targeting Congolese Tutsis tantamount to a genocide. The International Community has an urgent duty to call out the defective Tshisekedi regime to avoid similar genocide tragedies that the world has witnessed before.

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