What’s in it for me? Get a shocking look at how the UN aided and abetted a genocide.
The 1994 genocide in Rwanda was one of the worst humanitarian atrocities since the Holocaust, ultimately resulting in one million deaths. Roving death squads affiliated with the far-right ethnonationalist Rwandan government – and, some say, trained by the French – executed entire communities in the most gruesome ways imaginable.
But even more chilling is that it was entirely preventable. European countries, the United States, and the United Nations had been warned for years that ethnic cleansing was in the works. These blinks review the reasons and mysteries behind why they did nothing to prevent this apocalyptic calamity.
In these blinks, you’ll learn
- how the seeds for ethnic division in Rwanda were sown by European colonialists;
- how radio propaganda incited Rwandans into a state of violent frenzy; and
- why the peculiar obsession of a French president led his government to protect the perpetrators of genocide.