Friday, April 02, 2004

Ghosts of Rwanda

FRONTLINE marks the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a documentary chronicling one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. In addition to interviews with key government officials and diplomats, the two-hour documentary offers groundbreaking, eyewitness accounts of the genocide from those who experienced it firsthand: from Tutsi survivors who recount the horror of seeing their friends and family members slaughtered by neighbors and coworkers; to the UN peacekeepers stationed amid the carnage who were ordered not to intervene; to those holding positions of power at the White House. Through these accounts, FRONTLINE illustrates the social, political, and diplomatic failures that enabled the slaughter of 800,000 people to occur unabated and unchallenged by the global community.
Even though I was prepared after watching the Charlie Rose Show about the documentary:

Monday
MICHAEL ELLIOTT
Editor-at-Large, Time
GREG BARKER
Producer, Frontline: "Ghosts of Rwanda"
SAMANTHA POWER
JFK School of Government, Harvard
Author, "A Problem from Hell"
BONAVENTURE NIYIBIZI
Executive Secretary, Privatisation Secretariat
Genocide Survivor
GREGORY ALEX
Former U.N. Humanitarian in Kigali
It was hard watching it last night. I had so many questions. I just don't have the words. Perhaps Lynne Duke of the Washington Post says it best in Heart of Darkness That Was Rwanda.

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