The Rwandan Genocide: Documents Day-by-Day

follow the trail of documents


following the trail of documents….


Twenty years ago this April, the world witnessed the slaughter of between 500,000 and a million Rwandans, predominately Tutsi, while the international community stood by. The “#Rwanda20yrs” project, a partnership between the National Security Archive and the Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, follows the trail of documentary evidence leading up to, and during, the Rwandan genocide in an effort to address unanswered questions about how the international community made key decisions about responding to the genocide, and the full impact of those decisions.

The public has had limited access to essential documentary evidence about the Rwandan genocide, and as a result—despite considerable and highly valuable past journalistic and scholarly inquiry—many questions remain about the mechanics of international decision-making in response to the Rwandan genocide. U.N. Security Council deliberations on Rwanda, Clinton White House papers, and government documents from French and Belgium remain…

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