In the spring of , the tiny nation of Rwanda burst onto the World stage Approximately , people were massacred Rwanda s genocide was not simply mutual hatred between two tribes erupting into irrational violence, but a planned public and political campaign of ethnic cleansing The mass killings were not the result of a sudden outpouring of rage on the part of the Hutus following the murder of their president, but were planned long in advance and were the result of prolonged anti Tutsi brainwashingThe International Community, which fifty years ago resolved to prevent genocide ever happening again, failed in Rwanda In addition to the murders, up to two million people fled their homes and lived as refugees The events in Rwanda were beyond belief But why did Rwanda suddenly collapse into such internal strife Did the International Community not see the situation developing Could the former colonial powers not have intervened in advance Moreover, once the situation became apparent, why was there no effective intervention This book examines the history involved in creating a complex and mythological society, the role of the colonial powers in manufacturing society s stereotypes and the role of the West in Rwanda s genocide Conflict in Somalia and Sierra Leone will briefly be considered in order to contextualise the role of the United Nations

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