Africa. Rwanda

A Senagalese Hero Remembered

"I’ve covered many wars and seen many acts of courage. But for sheer grit and determination I’ve never known anyone to compare with Capt Mbaye Diagne, a United Nations peacekeeper in Rwanda," said Mark Doyle, an International development correspondent. Armed only with cigarettes and whisky, and an indefatigable sense of humour, Diagne talked his way through numerous checkpoints, transporting people to the safety of Hotel Mille Collines, or bringing messages between the UN and government forces.

Remembrance is not enough - What could have been different

This month, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) is attending events in Rwanda and posting news online about the history of the Tutsi genocide. At numerous points, the story could have gone differently. What if Romeo Dallaire's fax warning the UN of impending violence was heeded? What if the Arusha Accord was implemented? It's extremely painful to imagine that human error and complicity prevented us from averting the genocide. However, it's worth the difficult look if we can learn from these mistakes.

20 years later - the Miracle of Reconciliation

It's twenty years since the start of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, and the world is remembering, with touching tributes and testimonies to the victims, and the survivors. I'm amazed at the courageous and generous people who have reached hands of forgiveness out to the perpetrators of such atrocities against themselves, and their families. Here are a few of their testamonies.

Canada's Governor General Apologizes to Rwanda

Sarah Boesveld
Globe and Mail
April 22, 2010

Governor-General Michaëlle Jean has acknowledged Canada’s failure to respond to the Rwandan genocide as part of the international community.

Globe and Mail

Josephine's Story

My name is Josephine Murphy; I am glad to share my story with you because I know that I can use it to touch and change other people's lives. I wouldn't be the same person I am today without the things I have seen in my life. I hope that my story will help others to get stronger for whatever situation they are facing today. My twin sister and I are the 7th and 8th of 10 children not including 3 adopted ones. We were born in Burundi but my family is from Rwanda. We had a lot of struggles as it is for most African families.

Josephine Murphy
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