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  • Humanitarian military interventions have grown rapidly since the end of the Cold War. Whether in Haiti, Somalia, Liberia, or more recently in Bosnia and Rwanda, the images of starving children or entire communities held hostages to corrupt military gangs are increasingly being used to justify US or UN military adventures.
    Jan 28, 1997 | Story
  • Today, a PBS Frontline documentary looks back at the origins and horrors
    of one of the worst genocidal massacres since the Nazi Holocaust: The slaughter of some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus by the nationalist Hutu regime of Rwanda in 1994. Valentina’s Nightmare tells the miraculous story of a 13-year-old Tutsi girl who survived the massacre by living among a group of dead bodies for 40 days. The film also explores Rwanda’s...
    Apr 01, 1997 | Story
  • President Clinton leaves this weekend for the only comprehensive trip to Africa ever undertaken by a sitting American president. On the six-country, ten day tour, President Clinton is slated to visit Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana, and Senegal.
    Mar 18, 1998 | Story
  • President Clinton traveled to Rwanda today, the latest stop on his six-country 12-trip through sub-Saharan Africa.
    Mar 25, 1998 | Story
  • The UN tribunal on Rwanda has found its first defendant guilty of genocide for the part he played in the 1994 massacre of ethnic Tutsis. In an unprecedented action, the judgement found the accused, Jean Paul Akayesu, guilty of crimes against humanity with specific reference to rape.
    Sep 04, 1998 | Story
  • An independent panel commissioned by the Organization of African Unity charged this weekend that the United States, France and Belgium, as well as the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, actively prevented peacekeepers from moving in to stop the mass killing of as many as 800,000 Rwandans in 1994. It concluded that the three governments should provide "a significant level of reparations" to the Central African country.
    Jul 11, 2000 | Story
  • Samantha Power, Lecturer for the Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and author of the September 2001 Atlantic Monthly article "Bystanders to Genocide," joins Salih Booker and Amy Goodman to discuss how the U.S. neglected to prevent the Rwanda Genocide.
    Aug 23, 2001 | Story
  • Ten years ago Rwanda’s extremist Hutu government and military led a campaign to exterminate the nation’s minority Tutsis. Nearly a million people were slaughtered in an orchestrated, pre-planned campaign of genocide. We take a look at how the international community, the U.S. in particular, actively worked to ensure there was no international intervention until it was too late. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 01, 2004 | Story
  • The National Security Archive recently obtained declassified U.S. intelligence reports that show the Clinton administration knew as early as April 23, 1994 that the slaughter in Rwanda amounted to genocide. Senior officials used the word genocide in private but chose not to publicly to justify not intervening. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 01, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with Dr. Gino Strada, a war surgeon and the founder of Emergency, a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to providing assistance to civilian victims of war. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 08, 2005 | Story