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Rwandan Genocide, 15 Years Later

April 9, 2009

The Economist has an intriguing piece about how Rwanda has dealt with, and has failed to deal with, the genocide in which almost 1 million people were killed in 3 months in 1994. Some of the progress that has been made is simply astounding. On the other hand, how does a person– let alone a whole country– come to terms with stories like this:

Take the memorial at the National University of Rwanda in Butare, a couple of hours’ drive south-west of the capital, Kigali. Under a corrugated iron roof a long board displays the photographs of about 60 students who were killed. In fact, most of the staff and students at the university, over 500 in all, were slaughtered in just two weeks or so; only a few escaped across the nearby borders to Congo or Burundi. Many of the students were killed by their own teachers, specifically the dean of agriculture and vice-dean of political science. The former not only personally killed students but organised the campus massacre as well. What could have been running through their minds in the weeks leading up to the killings, as these highly educated people calculated how best they could hack or shoot their own students to death?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Jill permalink
    April 9, 2009 11:07 am

    What would Philip Gourevitch have to say about this article in The Economist ?

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