Rwanda, Ten Years on: From Genocide to Dictatorship

  • Filip Reyntjens


In the spring of 1994, a small and poor country hitherto unknown to the public at large suddenly became international front-page news. Following the shooting down of President Habyarimana’s aircraft, a low-intensity civil war that had started in 1990 and been supposedly ended by the Arusha Accord (August 1993) resumed; a genocide and large-scale massacres claimed the lives of over a million Rwandans between 7 April and the beginning of July 1994. Although the violence could be seen almost live on television, the international community did nothing to stop the carnage. The United Nations peace-keeping mission United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) was all but withdrawn and it took weeks to formally recognize the violence for what it was — genocide.


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  • Filip Reyntjens
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  1. 1.Institute of Development Policy and ManagementUniversity of AntwerpBelgium

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