October 14, 2012 |
A young woman of wrenlike delicacy stood onstage at the Agnes Irwin School in Bryn Mawr and told a harrowing story that the girls in the room, smart though they were, could not grasp. In 1994, when Francine Mugueni was 4, her parents and six siblings were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide, in which nearly a million people were killed in 100 days. Left behind to mourn and bury the bodies were mostly women and orphans like Mugueni and her 14-year-old sister. To have money to survive, they dropped out of school and cleaned offices.
December 28, 2011
By Gareth Evans Václav Havel, the Czech playwright and dissident turned president, and Kim Jong Il, the North Korean despot, might have lived on different planets, for all their common commitment to human dignity, rights, and democracy. When they died just a day apart this month, the contrast was hard for the global commentariat to resist: Prague's prince of light against Pyongyang's prince of darkness. But it is worth remembering that Manichaean good-vs.-evil typecasting - the kind to which former President George W. Bush and former Prime Minister Tony Blair were famously prone, and of which we have had something of a resurgence in recent days - carries two big risks for international policymakers.
August 5, 2009 |
When Steven Spielberg accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes this year, the director, who spent part of his childhood in Haddon Township, N.J., recalled seeing his first movie, "The Greatest Show on Earth," in Philadelphia with his father. Spielberg will return to Philadelphia in October to accept another award, the 2009 Liberty Medal, for making some of his own greatest shows and for documenting the power of the human spirit in the face of humanity's darkest moments, it was announced yesterday.
September 23, 2007 |
She could've had a Zamboni Talk about a birthday surprise. Hilary Duff thought new bf Mike Comrie, who plays center for the New York Islanders (and played briefly for the Flyers), was going to give her "shoes or something" for her 20th birthday, People.com reports. Silly Hil. The guy's a hockey player. Going over the top is everyday stuff for him. Besides, he wants to make a good impression. So what did Comrie give Duff? How about a Mercedes-Benz G-class SUV, which sells for more than 100 grand, topped with a big red bow?
October 19, 2006
ON SEPT. 17, people around the world gathered in a show of support for international intervention to end the genocide in Darfur. More than 200,000 people have been murdered by Sudanese government supported militias as the world watches. On Sept. 26, people from around the region gathered in a show of support for legislation to end the proliferation of guns on the streets of Philadelphia. More than 300 people have been murdered in Philadelphia this year as the city watches. After the Rwandan genocide, the world said never again.
June 14, 2006 |
When a teacher at Episcopal Academy in Merion showed a segment of the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda in her world history class last year, Mallika Khandelwal was horrified and set out to learn more about the genocide that ravaged Rwanda in 1994. Khandelwal, 16, says she found herself "appalled yet drawn to this issue. " She rented movies, read books and attended lectures. Today, her quest to come to grips with the genocide that claimed an estimated 800,000 lives is taking her to Rwanda.
May 11, 2005 |
THE MOVIE "Hotel Rwanda" is now available on DVD. I strongly recommend it. This powerful film is set in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, which claimed the lives of more than 800,000 people, and is based on a true story. Don Cheadle was nominated for an Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of a Hutu man who saved the lives of more than 1,000 Tutsis by giving them refuge in the four-star hotel that he managed. It is impossible to watch the movie and not be moved. Sadly, however, when the Rwandan genocide was taking place 11 years ago, it seemed that most Americans were too preoccupied with the O.J. Simpson trial to pay much attention to the news from Africa.
April 8, 2004 |
Rwandan president faults big nations for slaughter Marking the 10-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, President Paul Kagame lashed out at the international community yesterday for failing to stop the slaughter. While he acknowledged that the Rwandan people were ultimately responsible for the massacres that claimed more than 500,000 lives in 100 days in 1994, he said world powers refused to do anything to stop the killing, which eventually ended when his rebel forces seized control of the country.
January 5, 2003 |
Mwai Kibaki, Kenya's new president, has promised to help the United States hunt down Felicien Kabuga, one of the most wanted suspects in a Rwandan genocide. Kibaki's pledge came Friday, three days after U.S. officials accused a senior bureaucrat in Kenya's former government of harboring Kabuga. Kabuga, alleged to have helped plan and finance the genocide, is accused of supplying hoes and machetes to ethnic Hutus who massacred an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994.
January 2, 2000 |
"Timid, disorganized and misguided" is an accurate description of the United Nations' response to the events that resulted in arguably the most efficient genocide in history: 800,000 Rwandans killed in 100 days. It is a solemn and rare occurrence when the President of the United States and the U.N. secretary-general publicly (and rightly) share the blame for the 1994 disaster. But what have we learned about preventing genocide? Will the future be any different? The shocking truth is that as human tragedies go, genocide is rather commonplace.