The UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda seemed straightforward at first. But as the mass killings began, the UN ordered its blue helmeted troops to evacuate foreigners — but not intervene to save the Tutsis from slaughter.
Negotiators have agreed to a global phase-out of chemicals that run some air conditioners and refrigerators, but are also big contributors to global warming. That has countries and researchers scrambling to come up with clean and affordable alternatives.
Switch on the radio in Rwanda in April and you're likely to hear programming that commemorates those killed in the 1994 genocide. Acleo Mugisha, a producer at Radio KFM in Kigali says young Rwandans are turning to new sorts of music to mark the genocide's 20th anniversary.
Rwandans relived events of 20 years ago Monday "as if they were twenty seconds ago," says author Philip Gourevitch. He was among those gathered in the main stadium in the capital Kigali Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide.
Twenty years ago, a genocide started in Rwanda that killed at least 800,000 people. Rwanda has been rebuilding and healing ever since the killing ended. Many around the world were moved to help, though few as directly as Josh and Alissa Ruxin
UN peacekeepers are often criticized for failing to act in the face of conflict. But 20 years ago this month, while the Rwandan genocide raged, one Senegalese UN peacekeeper was running daring missions that saved an estimated 600 people. The BBC's Mark Doyle tells the story of Capt. Mbaye Diagne.
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