• May 29, 2014  

    The public health transformation in Rwanda is striking for those with memories of the massacre of nearly one million people 20 years ago. International aid groups were initially wary about getting involved, but Rwanda took ownership of its own development and built a new health care system. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro explores how they’ve worked to overcome a shortage of doctors. Continue reading

  • May 28, 2014  

    Twenty years after nearly a million Tutsis were killed the genocide in Rwanda, many Hutus — who were driven out in retribution — are returning to their communities. To facilitate the integration, many small groups are bringing rapprochement between pairs of genocide survivors and perpetrators. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on Rwanda’s journey toward healing and forgiveness. Continue reading

  • February 27, 2014  

    In the documentary “The Act of Killing,” men who were recruited by the Indonesian government to help massacre more than a million people in a so-called anti-communist purge not only discuss their roles in the genocide, they garishly reenact their crimes as if they were Hollywood actors. Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss how Indonesia might begin to come to terms with horrors of the past. Continue reading

  • December 4, 2013  

    Twelve more civilians were killed in Central African Republic, a nation that fell into chaos last spring. The United Nations will soon vote on sending forces into the country, where 600 French soldiers have already been dispatched. Alex Thomson of Independent Television News talks to victims of the violence and unrest. Continue reading

  • June 11, 2013    

    For 48 hours, the grass on the National Mall disappeared underneath a million white and grey “bones,” a symbolic mass grave on the footsteps of the U.S. Capitol. The One Million Bones project is a public art installation created to protest genocide and raise awareness of ongoing violence.
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  • May 13, 2013  

    Efrain Rios Montt , former dictator of Guatemala, was found guilty in the massacre of more than 1,700 Mayan Indians in the early 1980s. Rios Montt, 86, insists that he had no knowledge of the campaign of genocide, and his lawyers intend to appeal the verdict and his 80-year prison sentence. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • May 13, 2013  

    What does the conviction of Efraín Ríos Montt mean for the former Guatemala dictator, that country’s fragile judicial system and for the families of the victims? Hari Sreenivasan talks to producer Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing, who was in the courtroom at the time of the verdict. Continue reading

  • May 8, 2013    

    Tonight, Miles O’Brien reports from Guatemala on forensic science used to document charges of a genocide against thousands of indigenous Mayans in the 80s. From Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin, who co-produced the piece, here’s a look at their reporting. Continue reading

  • May 8, 2013  

    In Guatemala, investigators using forensic science have compelling evidence that thousands of innocent indigenous Ixil Mayans were the target of extermination in the 1980s. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how murder, politics and science intersect in the genocide trial of former leader Efrain Rios Montt. Continue reading

  • May 30, 2012  

    In other news Wednesday, former Liberian President Charles Taylor was sentenced in an international war crimes court to 50 years in prison for fomenting civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone. Also, Britain’s highest court upheld an order to extradite WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange to Sweden. Continue reading

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