Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Massacre
Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Massacre : Bwindi Impenetrable National Massacre; Bwindi a famous safari destination renown as house for the half remaining endangered mountain gorillas in the wild of the total of 1064 individuals. Bwindi national park is positioned in the south western Uganda region /the pearl of Africa ,it also renown of its beautiful ecological system in Africa .It is found in Kanungu district and it ranks of the top national park among the three parks where mountain gorillas inhabits from and best destination for gorilla trekking which can be done in deep forest of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest such an activity has attracted the world to come see the most unique and calm playful habituated mountain gorillas living in their groups in the nature environment.
Eventually, there was horrific misfortune befell with in the park in year of 1999 that occurred and turned into a bloody terrifying and life threatening experience which is referred as Bwindi National Park massacre.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park massacre really put many on fear as many lost their lives something that attracted the world’s attention mostly the tourists from different races that were also verge of losing their lives.
The Bwindi Impenetrable national park massacre; this brutal slaughtering was carried out by the Rwandese Hutu rebels who channeled up of being responsible for the Rwanda genocide of 1994.The Bwindi massacre was started by these merciless rebels involving kidnapping, killing and raping of the tourists who were on their safari here. Surprisingly, this incident happened when the park authorities and travelers themselves were unware and in a vulnerable state. All this happened in the early morning at the break of the dawn travelers were woken up by loud gunshots and blasts by grenades are rebels emerged from the tropical rain forests armed with axes, rifles and machetes as it was stated by a 30-year-old Elizabeth Garland. The rebels attacked the camp and ambushed park’s armory stores stealing rifles and guns. They also set all cars to fire.
The incident was so horrible to every travelers and the entire world at large when it was reported. The massacre hit the climax when 31 travelers were kidnaped and taken in the arms of the rebels into Kent encampment camps. Whereas in these rebel hideouts the travelers who were within faced the torture, something made them to walk barefooted and all their valuables like jewelry and money were taken by the rebel kidnappers. In the same incident over 8 visitors lost their lives and so bad one of them was raped before being put to death.
However, in the incident that occurred here are the number of tourist who lost their lives in the hands of the rebels including the 2 tourist from New Zealand ,2 United States of America ,4 from UK-United Kingdom and 4 were Ugandan citizens. Some of the killed victims to be identifies were Robert Haubner 48 and Susan Miller 42 both were American citizens who were on their vacation in Africa. This couple were once in Africa for their next trip with some friends who were identified as executives from Inter Corporation a computer chip manufacturing company based in ‘’Oregon’’.
More so, among the tourist who were killed in the Bwindi Impenetrable national park massacre, were also Britain citizens who was 23-year-old recent graduate from Nottingham University Mark Lindgren who had come for a 3 months trip in Africa and Steven Roberts from Edinburgh.
According to the incident happened many reports and statements were released by survivors as well as the state administrators identifying the rebels as Rwandese Hutus who were in charge for the 1994 Rwanda genocide and they fled into the forest of Uganda, through the Rwanda and Congo borders. These people camped in the forest and later involved in attacking of Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
The attack that happened acted as the revenge of three nations of Uganda, the United States of America and Britain for their support to the Tutsi minority during the Rwanda genocide over the majority of Hutu. All this proves right why the majority were kidnapped and killed citizens from these nations as an evidence by a statement made by Hussein Kivumbi manager ‘’one of the five camps’’. It was so annoying these rebels leaving notes on killed bodies stating that ‘we are not happy with Americans and British we do not want to see them on our land ,that were supporters of Museveni and also Anne Pelter a French deputy ambassador .To add onto that ,one of the survivors say she was told by the kidnappers that they were not happy at all with Museveni’s support ,America and Britain’s support to the Tutsi minority over the Hutus majority .It’s the reason why rebels decided to kidnap Americans ,Ugandan and Britons which is deeply stated by one manager of the five camps Hussein Kivumbi.
A traveler who were gazing at the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where the massacre befell were from the USA, UK, Australia and Uganda.
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park massacre was one of the most out dangerous actions to be carried out on such innocent people which lead the nation like Uganda, Britain and the United States of America to join forces to combat like actions. Some of the rebels who involved in killing were caught and jailed like of Paul Bizimana a former Interahamwe rebel leader.