The 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide is a time for grief, humility and reflection. The scale, speed and viciousness of the brutality – one million dead and two million driven from their homes between April 7 and mid-July – scarred not just Rwanda and its neighbours, but the conscience of a generation of western politicians and aid workers. Bill Clinton described the failure of the west to act as one of the greatest regrets of his presidency.
In Rwanda every year there is a week-long programme of events to remember the genocide and learn lessons. This year four themes seem especially important. Continue reading »