Read through reviews and periodicals that reflect on social, economic, political, cultural, and religious issues in Rwanda, published before, after and during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, as well as newsletters covering post genocide reconstruction efforts.
For some 100 days in the spring and summer of 1994, millions of Rwandans witnessed,participated in,or otherwise lived through a nationwide campaign of extermination, a collective effort whose rhythm was in many ways regulated by the broadcasts of Radio-Television Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM).
In all large scale genocides such as genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda, rescuing occurs alongside killing. Some members of the aggressor’s ethnic group even risk their own lives to save members of the targeted group. Killing and rescuing occur closely together, and even the same persons may engage in both behaviors killing on one occasion and rescuing on another.
This paper investigates the strategy of the Rwandan government in pursuing its stated objective of national unity and reconciliation after the 1994 genocide, in order to unmake the divisions of the past and promote a notion of collective identity.
Prior to 1994, the country of Rwanda was little known outside the limited circle of African studies scholars. A reference to Rwanda in a conversation, such as a small land locked country with few natural resources and no strategic importance, was likely to be met with blank stares. The 1994 genocide, however, has bestowed on Rwanda a new notoriety.