Rwanda, 1994.

On 6 April 1994, the President of Rwanda, a Hutu, was killed in a missile attack on his aircraft. This led to the murder of the Prime Minister who was a Tutsi - and to the failure of the UN peacekeeping mission. Thereupon, an organised massacre of the minority Tutsi community and moderate Hutus started.

10 years later, the film "Hotel Rwanda" depicts the true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsis refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia.

This tragic genocide is also topic of essays and books, here some recommended reads.

Online essay with further links:
The roots of the conflict

Stories from Rwanda, by Philip Gourevitch:
We wish to Inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families

A book by R. Dallaire, head of the UN mission:
Shake hands with the devil

about the movie:
Directed by Terry George, 2004
with Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte

Hotel Rwanda official movie site
including facts, synopsis and a forum


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