RWANDA | GENOCIDE

1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
Wounded child at the Red Cross hospital in Byumba, north of Kigali.

1994 | The Rwandan Genocide Wounded child at the Red Cross hospital in Byumba, north of Kigali.

The Rwandan Genocide took place in 1994 in the East African state of Rwanda. Over the course of approximately 100 days (post the assassination of Juvénal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira on April 6 through mid-July) it is estimated that more then 500,000 people were killed, according to a Human Rights Watch. However, estimates of the death toll have ranged from 500,000–1,000,000, or as much as 20% of the country's population. The catalyst for the mass slaughter was thought to be the longstanding ethnic rivalry and tensions between the minority Tutsi, who had controlled power for centuries, and the majority Hutu peoples, who had come to power in 1959–62.

1994 | The Rwandan Genocide
Civilian militia South of Kigali.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide
Slaughtered Tutsi on the road outside of Kigali. 
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
Abandoned child on the road outside of the town Rukara. Rukara was the scene of large scale mass muder.
1994 | Rwanda  Genocide
The RPF advance on Kigali.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
An  Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) soldier inspects one of the many murder sites outside of Rukara.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
One of the multitude of murder sites just North of Kigali.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
The woman clasping her neck (at the precise moment this photograph was made) had just confessed to the RPF officer (framed by the door) to personally murdering seven Tutsis. She was being held prisoner along with other government-sponsored militia responsible for mass killings in Gikoro distict.
Hutus being held prisoner in the vestibule of a catholic church. They were part of a government-sponsored militia responsible for mass killings in Gikoro distict.
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1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
The corpses of Tutsi massacre victims inside a Catholic church in Rukara.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
All around Kigali there are dumping grounds for those that did not escape the slaughter. 
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
A tramutized old man sits in the yard of his home in Rukara. All the members of his immediate family are either missing or dead.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
A makeshift orphanage outside of Kigali. Many of these children saw their parents machete to death in front of them. Many of these children witnessed their parents macheting to death their neighbours.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
Casualties at the Red Cross hospital in Byumba, north of Kigali.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
A grief stricken woman outside the Red Cross hospital in Byumba, north of Kigali.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
Wounded boy at the Red Cross hospital in Byumba, north of Kigali.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
Wounded child at the Red Cross hospital in Byumba, north of Kigali.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
Wounded children at the Red Cross hospital in Byumba, north of Kigali.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
Wounded boy at the Red Cross hospital in Byumba, north of Kigali.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
A woman hangs her washing in a football stadium (as shelling and killing continues) in Kigali.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
Eight-year-old Mudahema at a makeshift orphanage outside of Kigali. Mudahema did not know if family members were dead or alive.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
Fleeing Kigali. Civilians with what little they have, leave the Rwandan capital during the genocide.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
Fleeing Kigali. Civilians with what little they have, leave the Rwandan capital during the genocide.
1994 | The Rwandan Genocide 
Mass exodus. Civilians flee Kigali during the genocide.