For 100 days in 1994 evil descended upon the small country of Rwanda. A long simmering conflict between Hutus and Tutsis boiled over after the country’s president died when his plane was shot down by a missile.

Police stood by as approximately 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis were killed by violent mobs armed with clubs, sticks and machete’s. From the capital city of Kigali to small rural villages, unspeakable crimes were committed by militia groups, soldiers and neighbors against neighbors. During that time the international community largely remained on the sidelines.

On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the Rwanda Genocide.


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Allan Thompson, former Toronto Star Reporter and now the Journalism program head at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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Resources about Rwanda:

Media and Mass Atrocity: The Rwandan Genocide and Beyond, Edited by Allan Thompson

Rwanda Chronology | FRONTLINE | PBS

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity, By Romeo Dallaire

Hotel Rwanda

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