When: April 7- July 4, 1994

Where: Rwanda

After the assassination of President Habyarimana on April 6, 1994, Hutu forces began murdering Tutsi and moderate Hutu military and political leaders. Despite the scale of the genocide being known worldwide, no one intervened as as many as 800,000 people were brutally murdered. The Genocide in Rwanda and the world’s decision to do nothing revealed the entrenchment of colonial legacies and resulted in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda that served as one of the first international tribunals since Nuremburg and was the first to prosecute the crime of genocide.

The above is a photograph from the 2019 book And I Live On: The Resilience of Rwandan Genocide Survivors of Sexual Violence by Samer Muscati and is among other photographs exhibited at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Robert Langen Art Gallery in 2019.


Further Reading:

Dallaire, Romeo. Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. Toronto: Random House of Canada, 2009.

Eltringham, Nigel. Framing Africa: Portrayals of a Continent in Contemporary Mainstream Cinema. New York: Berghahn, 2013.

McMillan, Nesam. “Racialising Global Relations: The Rwandan Genocide and the Ethics of Representation.” Postcolonial Studies 20, no. 4 (2017): 431-455.

Prunier, Gerard. Africa’s World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Thompson, Allen. Media and Mass Atrocity: The Rwanda Genocide and Beyond. Waterloo: Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2019.

Vaught, Seneca. “Why the Rwandan Genocide Seemed Like a Drive-By Shooting: The Crisis of Race, Culture, and Policy in the African Diaspora.” The Journal of Pan-African Studies 1, no. 10 (2007): 113-134.