Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Briefly revisiting 'Hotel Rwanda' 15 years after the Rwandan genocide

Every time April comes, the world marks a grim and heartbreaking milestone. The genocide in Rwanda began in April 1994 and over 800,00 Tutsis and Hutu moderates were killed in less than 100 days. I remember being 8 years old living in Nigeria hearing horrifying stories out of Rwanda. Stories bad enough to never write them down.

There have been a few films about Rwanda that have come out in the years following the genocide: Shooting Dogs, Sometimes in April, and Hotel Rwanda. I don't want to post long intellectual thoughts about an unimaginable event that I could never even begin to fathom. But Rwanda's story is not only one of pain. Since the genocide, Rwanda became the first nation in the world's history to elect a national legislature in which a majority of its members are women.

I'll leave a clip from the film Hotel Rwanda. Go see it if you haven't, and see it again if you have. Nimuhore:

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