Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Rwanda remembered 

Rwanda observed three minutes of silence today to mark the tenth anniversary of the 1994 genocide, in which 800,000 people lost their lives.

The Guardian describes how the West is all but ignoring the anniversary, and tells of the mental health care effort to repair the trauma that so many people suffered.

On this side of the Atlantic, the New York Times finds one way that Rwandans are breaking from the past, and the Christian Science Monitor asks if the world would allow another genocide. (Almost as an answer to that question, Kofi Annan says there might be genocide in the making in the Sudan.)

UPDATE: Bill Clinton had an Op-Ed in yesterday's WaPo, entitled "Learn From Rwanda." For those counting at home, he spends nearly 40% of the piece describing Rwanda's AIDS problem and his own HIV/AIDS work instead of sharing the lessons of genocide.
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