The Shallow Graves of Rwanda

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I.B.Tauris, Oct 13, 2000 - History - 228 pages
How does the world community, and particularly the United Nations, deal with genocide? "The Shallow Graves of Rwanda" is an account of the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Rwanda in the mid-1990s. Shaharyar M. Khan's tenure began in the immediate aftermath of the downing of President Habarimana's plane on 6 April 1994 and the massacres that followed. Khan details his encounters with the region's leading actors - Rwanda's soldiers and politicians, victims and survivors, as well as some of the perpetrators of the massacres. He also dealt with people involved in international relief and humanitarian relief efforts, trying to revive the stricken villages and towns and tackle the floods of refugees and orphaned children. Setting everyday events in Rwanda against the backdrop of international politics, this book reveals how the UN works on the ground and at headquarters and explores the problems of peacekeeping. The author backs up his conclusions on the phenomenon and nature of genocide with documentary evidence and shows how the lessons of Rwanda can provide valuable guidance for the future.
 

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Contents

June July 1994 Arrival at the scene of genocide
9
A vision of hell
32
August September 1994 The international
50
October December 1994 Persuading refugees
68
January April 1995 Signs of tension with UNAMIR
91
April June 1995 The Rwandan governments
104
July September 1995 The UN SecretaryGenerals
129
September November 1995 Attempts to reconcile
159
December 1995 April 1996 The equipment issue
177
What went wrong?
196
Lessons drawn from peacekeeping in Rwanda
209
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Shaharyar M. Khan is a distinguished international diplomat and currently Pakistan's Ambassador to France.

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