I wrote this article for RTE Brainstorm, where it first appeared on April 26, 2019. The original article is accessible here.
On its 25th anniversary, reverberations from the Rwandan genocide are still heavily evident in everyday life in the small East African nation.
Between April and July of 1994, at least 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered, the majority by handheld machete, as part of an orchestrated effort by the extremist Hutu government and their militias to eradicate the Tutsi population in Rwanda. In the months prior, increasingly desperate warnings of the impending genocide from UN peacekeepers had fallen on unreceptive ears on the UN Security Council. As a result, the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) was rendered impotent by its mandate and pathetic lack of resources by the time mass killings started. Continue reading