Samantha Power's chilling summary in the September 2001 issue of The Atlantic of
her three year investigation into how the U.S. passed up countless opportunities
to intervene in the 1994 Rwanda genocide in which 800,000 Tutsis and politically
moderate Hutus were murdered. Also, read Power's FRONTLINE article "Never
Again" - The World's Most Unfulfilled Promise" which examines America's response to
genocide since the Holocaust.
Alain Destaxhe's analysis of the singular nature of genocide: how it is
separate from all other crimes and why only three mass atrocities in the 20th
century fit the definition. From Destaxhe's book Rwanda and Genocide in the
This chronology offers the context and history of the genocide - - from the roots
of Hutu - Tutsi conflict in the early 20th century, to mid - 1997 and the
aftermath of the genocide.
This is the international law adopted by the United Nations on December 9, 1948,
which requires the countries that signed it to intervene in cases of genocide. For
this reason, the Clinton administration in 1994 carefully avoided using the
word genocide in connection with the Rwanda slaughter, instead citing only
"acts of genocide."