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16/03/2011 / stjornmal

Never again

“Never again” the world said after the holocaust in WWII. “Never again” shall such a tragic event take place before our eyes. But it did.

In April 1994, after the death of President Juvenal Habyarimana, genocide was sparked in Rwanda. Because President Habyarimana was a Hutu, the blame for his death was put on the Tutsi rebel group led by the current President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.  A wave of rage ran through Rwanda and Hutu´s started attacking the Tutsis.

Over the course of 100 days an estimated 800.000 Rwandans were killed. But could some of that have been prevented?

UN Force Commander Roméo Dallaire, warned the UN Security Council of what was happening in the country. He had around 3.000 UNAMIR soldiers under his command and he asked for reinforcement of 2.000 soldiers for UNAMIR because he believed that would give the UN enough leverage to put an end to the killings. The UN refused, partly because of US opposition. And while the world watched the Security Council took its time considering if acts of genocide had in fact occurred. After six weeks the Security Council finally admitted that acts of genocide had occurred.

The genocide ended on 18. July, when the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) reached the capital Kigali and gained control over the country.

“Never again”, said the world once again. “Never again”.




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