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'Never again', again and again

Twenty years ago this week, a small and then relatively unknown country in East Africa erupted into a paroxysm of violence. In the roughly 100 days between early April and mid-July 1994, the Rwandan army, government-backed militias and Hutu civilians slaughtered ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutu in a shocking display of human savagery. Between 800,000 and 1 million people were killed.As the killing unfolded the world stood silent, its attention elsewhere. That month, the American news cycle was flooded with coverage of rock singer Kurt Cobain’s suicide. In Africa, an ecstatic South Africa was about to elect Nelson Mandela as its first black president. In the shadow of global media attention, national capitals avoided reference to “genocide” for the moral and legal requirements it demanded. Though the United Nations had more than 2,000 peacekeeping troops in Rwanda, the Security Council ignored repeated requests by the force commander to be given the mandate to intervene. As the bloodshed escalated, peacekeeping troops were withdrawn, and Rwanda was left to its fate.

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aljazeeraamerica:

'Never again', again and again

Twenty years ago this week, a small and then relatively unknown country in East Africa erupted into a paroxysm of violence. In the roughly 100 days between early April and mid-July 1994, the Rwandan army, government-backed militias and Hutu civilians slaughtered ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutu in a shocking display of human savagery. Between 800,000 and 1 million people were killed.

As the killing unfolded the world stood silent, its attention elsewhere. That month, the American news cycle was flooded with coverage of rock singer Kurt Cobain’s suicide. In Africa, an ecstatic South Africa was about to elect Nelson Mandela as its first black president. In the shadow of global media attention, national capitals avoided reference to “genocide” for the moral and legal requirements it demanded. Though the United Nations had more than 2,000 peacekeeping troops in Rwanda, the Security Council ignored repeated requests by the force commander to be given the mandate to intervene. As the bloodshed escalated, peacekeeping troops were withdrawn, and Rwanda was left to its fate.

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foxyshy:

so let me get this straight. anti-choicers took $500,000 dollars worth of pennies and sealed them in a glass case as a “memorial” to “victims” of abortion. i’m going to say that again. these people have locked away $500,000 dollars as a “tribute” to dead blobs of cells instead of donating that money to actual living breathing children who don’t have basic necessities or homes.

anti-choicers are incredible