20 years ago this weekend, the Rwandan genocide began. Here are a number of articles, videos and photojournalism pieces published this week that are all worth taking a look at during this memorial period.
- The Rainy Season – the single best piece of journalism to come out of Rwanda in years. By Lindsey Hilsum who was there in 1994. This feature normally sits behind a paywall, but not at the moment.
- Human Rights Watch has an excellent 12 minute video explaining how the genocide happened.
- Genocide and Justice 20 years on – a series of vignettes from Reuters including my friend and colleague Themis.
- Reuters slideshow of images from 1994
- A Good Man in Rwanda. A multimedia story from the BBC of a Senegalese UN peacekeeper who served in Rwanda during the genocide.
- The Rwanda photographs that reunited families, also from the BBC.
- Writing for Roads and Kingdoms, Jon Rosen tours the former President’s residence.
- The New Yorker opens the archive on Philip Gourevitch’s notes from 1995 onwards.
- This Op-Ed in the New York Times gives some insight into Rwandan mentality and culture.
- New York Times has an extraordinary series of portraits of genocidaires and victims.
- Panos photographer Jenny Mathews has a similarly excellent series of portraits.
- David Guttenfelder, who photographed Rwanda during the genocide, returns to Rwanda, for the first time since 1994
What compounded the shock of it was that not only was it the most horrifying hell that I could imagine, but my first view of it was at a church. Rwanda is one of the most religious countries I’ve been in. It’s also one of the most physically beautiful countries I’ve ever traveled through. But this beautiful, seemingly pious nation also holds one of the darkest, most evil things I’ve seen in my life. I couldn’t understand or believe what had happened here. link
Photo on the road to Kibuye, Rwanda taken by me.