Rwandan Stories

RwandanStories is a great collection of video, photography and journalism exploring the origins, details and aftermath of the Rwandan genocide through the eyes of both survivors and perpetrators.

Rwanda Genocide

The purpose of this site is to centralize access to a collection of high-quality information resources on the Rwandan genocide that shed a thorough light on the genocide, from its design to its enduring fallout in today's Rwanda.

The Triumph of Evil

A site based on the PBS report on how the United Nations and the West ignored warnings of the 1994 Rwanda genocide and turned its back on the victims. Includes interviews, chronology of UN/US actions, readings and the cable sent to U.N. headquarters by Major General Roméo Dallaire, U.N. force commander in Rwanda.


Hotel Rwanda

directed by Terry George

United Artists and Lions Gate Films, 2004

American drama film adapted from a screenplay written by both George and Keir Pearson. Based on the events in 1994 Rwanda, the film stars Don Cheadle as hotelier Paul Rusesabagina, who attempts to save his fellow citizens from the ravages of the Rwandan Genocide.

Shooting Dogs / Beyond the Gates (US title)

directed by Michael Caton-Jones

Equinoxe Films

Based on the experiences of BBC news producer David Belton, who worked in Rwanda during the Rwandan genocide. Belton is the film's co-writer and one of its producers. The setting of the film is the Ecole Technique Officielle (ETO) in Kigali, Rwanda in 1994, during the Rwandan genocide. John Hurt plays a Catholic priest and Hugh Dancy an English teacher, both Europeans, who are caught up in the events of the genocide.



Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda

Barnett, Michael

Cornell University, 2002.

Based on Michael Barnett’s experiences, archival work, and interviews with many key participants, he reconstructs the history of the UN's involvement in Rwanda. In the weeks leading up to the genocide, the author documents, the UN was increasingly aware or had good reason to suspect that Rwanda was a site of crimes against humanity. Yet it failed to act.

We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We will be Killed with our Families

Gourevitch, Philip

Picador, 1998

The book describes Gourevitch's travels in Rwanda after the conflict. Gourevitch retells survivors' stories, and reflects on the meaning of the genocide. The book not only explains the genocide's peak in 1994, but the history of Rwanda leading up to the major events.

Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey

Keane, Feargal

Penguin, 1995

A deeply personal and elucidating account of ordinary people caught in a nightmare of manipulation and massacre; an encounter with unimaginable evil. Contradicting the popular assumption that the genocide erupted as a result of tribal tensions, Keane demonstrates how a power-hungry clique actually planned the massacres far in advance through a systematic campaign of brainwashing and propaganda. Harrowing, searching, and tender, this overpowering narrative asks profound human questions for which we have no answers.

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

Dallaire, Lt Gen Roméo

Arrow Books, 2004

When Roméo Dallaire was called on to serve as force commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda, he believed that his assignment was to help two warring parties achieve the peace they both wanted. Instead, he was exposed to the most barbarous and chaotic display of civil war and genocide in the past decade, observing in just one hundred days the killings of more than eight hundred thousand Rwandans. With only a few troops, his own ingenuity and courage to direct his efforts, Dallaire rescued thousands, but his call for more support from the world body fell on deaf ears.

An Ordinary Man: The True Story Behind Hotel Rwanda

Rusesabagina, Paul

Bloomsbury, 2007

Written by the manager of the Hotel des Mille Collines who provided shelter more than one thousand refugees at the height of the genocide.