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"the heart of africa"

Before the genocide occurred in 1994, Rwanda was often referred to as 'a tropical Switzerland in the heart of Africa', and also as `Le pays de Mille Collines' (Land of a Thousand Hills).

The 100 days of killings, that started in early April, 1994, left Rwanda as synonymous with strife, violence and bloodshed - if you followed the news bulletins ten years ago, and then again- on the tenth anniversary of the genocide.
Rwanda was in the news, but not on the agenda. A responsibility that the world refused to accept and an apology that it has ended up becoming ever since...

not somebody else's problem...

Between April and June 1994, within the space of a hundred days, almost a million Rwandans, almost ten percent of the entire population, were killed.

Most of the dead were Tutsis and most of those that killed were from the from the majority Hutu community. Some moderate Hutus were killed as well, in what is referred to as `the fastest genocide in history'. The speed of the killing was five times greater than that which the Nazis achieved at the height of the Holocaust. Some 1,000,000 people were murdered in less than three months.


The international community did its best not call it genocide, since labelling it as such would impose a legal obligation on the world to try to stop it. Instead, `acts of genocide' was the phrase that was coined, to refer to what was happening in Rwanda.

  • Last visit to Rwanda: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 1, 2005
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  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    Hi Husain
    I see you haven't logged onto VT for the last few months, but nonetheless I wanted to tell you how powerful I found your Rwanda page.
    Beautiful writing about almost unimaginably horrific events.

  • jungles's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2006 at 11:59 AM

    Thanks for sharing this with the VT world.

  • marcoparco's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2006 at 5:03 PM

    Indeed one of Humanity's biggest failures! Great page here. Hopefully I will be there in 4 months. Cheers, Marc

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2006 at 9:52 PM

    heartbreaking isn't it? much like the american massacre of the native indians at sand creek and wounded knee.

  • sarahandgareth's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2005 at 1:35 PM

    I can't even begin to imagine what it must have been like to visit the Ntarama church. What an awful time in the world's history. Great page.

  • deeper_blue's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2005 at 4:36 PM

    I have just seen the film Hotel Rwanda and together with your tips it is an amazing and harrowing story

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2005 at 8:42 PM

    a moving recount of your visit - a tragedy of human folly and manipoulation - and this happened on African Soil whilst south africa was breaking away from the Aprtheid bondage ;-(((

  • Narviking's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2005 at 2:17 PM

    Very good page Husain. Reminds me of my visit to Cambodia and the places remembering the masskillings by the Pol Pot regime.

  • Guantanamera's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2005 at 2:09 PM

    Excellent work!! Powerful imagery -- clearly the hand of a highly skilled documentarist...!

  • jodssmile's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2005 at 9:01 PM

    The Tutus and Hutus situtation-saw a big documentary on few years ago,, so very sad!

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