Films of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing
Edited By John J. Michalczyk and SJ Raymond G. Helmick
Part Seven: Rwanda: 100 Days Engulfed in “Unimaginable Terror”
PART SEVEN Rwanda: 100 Days Engulfed in “Unimaginable Terror” A genocide in Africa has not received the same attention that genocide in Europe or genocide in Turkey or genocide in other parts of the world. There is still this kind of basic discrimination against the African people and the African problems. —Boutros Boutros-Ghali, UN Secretary-General during Rwanda crisis We in the US and the world community did not do as much as we could have done to try to limit what occurred. It may seem strange to you here, but all over the world people like me were sitting in offices, day after day after day, who did not appreci- ate the depth and the speed with which you were being engulfed by this unimagin- able terror. —President William Clinton, 1998 apology to Rwandans Rwanda: Where the Genocidal Devil Ran So Wild John H. Stanfield, II The 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsis, planned and carried out by an extremist Hutu sect in the national government, actually began with Belgian colonial rule over that Central and East African society after WWI. It is now common knowledge that during the time between WWI and WWII, the Belgian racialization of the Hutus and Tutsis and their design and implementa- tion of ID cards for a largely physically non-distinctive population with extensive historical intermixture and very much the same culture would set in concrete the foundations of what would become, after independence in the early 1960s, a long term Hutu extremist genocidal apartheid...
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